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Rock and pop costume

Rock and pop costume

  • Date:

    1985 (made)

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Red lurex mackintosh coat, with star-shaped studs in the lower corners and on the lapels. The back has a large, round appliqued turquoise and purple patch, printed with an 'S' with a rocket going through it, surrounded by the names of the members of the band; Ant, Wiczling, De Niro and Marco. Features a lilac / red shot fabric lining with a repeating motif. Worn by Adam on the Vive le Rock tour. Adam Ant Collection.


1985 (made)


Width: 48 cm Shoulder to shoulder, Length: 115 cm Collar to hem, Length: 58 cm Shoulder to cuff, Width: 62 cm Across body, Weight: 0.70 kg

Descriptive line

Red lurex mackintosh coat worn by Adam Ant on the Vive Le Rock tour.


Lurex; Material


Appliquéd; Machine stitching


Gender and Sexuality

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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