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Not currently on display at the V&A


1984-1989 (made)
Place of origin

Black denim jeans.

Object details

Object type
Title501 (trade title)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Jeans, black denim, Levi's 501, United States, 1984-1989
Physical description
Black denim jeans.
  • Weight: 1.06kg
Object history
Registered File number 1994/1282, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of the outfit called 'Matt Black Minimal UK 1984-88' (includes the belt T.704-1994, the portfolio T.705-1994, the sunglasses T.706-1994, the shoes T.707-1994 and the top T.708-1994).

Part of a man's outfit represented the 1984-88 Matt Black Minimal look in the Street Style exhibition of 1994-5. It was worn by Tony Glenville.
Historical context
During the 1980s black was the strongest, longest fashion colour, both within the business and on the high street. This extended to accessories and within the home.
Bibliographic reference
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties Described in the exhibition publication, part of the outfit called 'Matt Black Minimal UK 1984-88'.
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Record createdJanuary 6, 2011
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