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Rock and pop costume

Rock and pop costume

  • Date:

    ca. 1981 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • 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

A red silk sari fabric with gold embroidery and gold tassels. Unworn.


ca. 1981 (made)


Length: 187 cm Laid flat, including tassels, Width: 56 cm, Weight: 0.5 kg Total weight on hanger with S.1652 and S.1653-2010

Descriptive line

A red silk sari fabric with gold embroidery and gold tassels, part of the Adam Ant collection.


Gender and Sexuality


Theatre and Performance Collection

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