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.
Pink poet shirt with brown detailing around collar. Worn by Marco Pirroni for the Prince Charming Revue. Adam Ant collection.
Length: 80 cm Collar to hem, Width: 62 cm Across shoulders, Weight: 0.6 kg
Pink poet shirt worn by Marco Pirroni, of Adam and the Ants, for the Prince Charming Revue.
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