Rock and pop costume
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After starting his career in a punk rock band in the late 1970s, and acting in Derek Jarman's punk film Jubilee, Ant's musical and artistic direction changed after hiring Malcolm McLaren in 1980. McLaren's assistance in redefining their image resulted in the piratical theme that became a hallmark of Adam and the Ants, despite McLaren subsequently persuading the rest of the Ants to leave and form a separate band, Bow Wow Wow. After regrouping with a new backing band, Adam and the Ants became one of the most successful British acts of the early 1980s; their image and style of music was at the forefront of the burgeoning New Romantic movement.
Short sleeved shirt made of blue and grey diagonally striped nylon with white large collar and v-neck, with layered sleeves and blue and red ribbon embellishments. Attached is a band of ruched red fabric that goes around the shoulders and hangs loosely. On the left side of this band, at the shoulder, are two plastic buckles.
Weight: 0.6 kg Shirt, weight, Width: 70 cm Shirt, widest part, laid flat, Length: 70 cm Shirt, collar to hem
Short sleeved shirt worn by Merrick, of Adam and the Ants, in the Prince Charming Revue.
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