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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McNicoll, Carol, born 1943 (costume designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Brian Eno

  • Museum number:

    S.156 to 157-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Roxy Music was a band formed around an image of faded glamour, and of Hollywood's heyday past. Their music was experimental and art-school, and as well as being a defining band in the musical era that came to be known as Glam Rock, their influence was felt in Punk and the New Romantics. Their explorations with synthesisers and electronic sounds paved the way for experimental popular music right through to the present, and were orchestrated by artist and band member Brian Eno, who became one of the most important record-producers of the 20th Century.

Eno described himself as an "electronic technologic non-musician", having no formal training in musicianship, but experimenting with avant-garde sound technologies whilst at university. He played a major role in the direction of Roxy's sound, but also clashed with singer Bryan Ferry over image issues. Despite the flamboyant image employed by the whole band, Eno's extrovert presence on stage, in costumes such as this one, and enthusiasm for interviews and outside projects, drew both audience and critical attention away from the band as a whole and away from Ferry's original concept. Soon after their second album For Your Pleasure was recorded, the inner sleeve of which has Eno posing in this outrageous costume, Ferry forced Eno to leave.

Physical description

Stage costume worn by Brian Eno

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1972 (made)


McNicoll, Carol, born 1943 (costume designer)


Height: 152 cm, Width: 60 cm, Depth: 30 cm, Length: 78 cm Jacket collar to sleeve cuff (Laid flat), :, Width: 71 cm Jacket shoulder to shoulder (Laid flat), Length: 114 cm Pants waist to hem (Laid flat), Width:, Width: 37 cm Pants waist across (Laid flat), Width: 101 cm Pants hems (Laid flat)

Descriptive line

Stage costume worn by Brian Eno, ca.1972

Labels and date

Costume worn by Brian Eno

Brian Eno first came to prominence as the keyboard player of the 1970s glam and art rock band Roxy Music. This costume was designed by Carol McNicoll, his partner at the time. Eno wore it on stage and on the inside cover of Roxy Music's 1973 album 'For Your Pleasure'. [50 words]

Rayon and feathers
Designed by Carol McNicoll

Given by Brian Eno
Museum no. S.156, 157-1977 [March 2009 - February 2012]


Entertainment & Leisure; Stage costumes


Theatre and Performance Collection

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