Malcolm McLaren (British, London 1946–2010 Switzerland)
Seditionaries (British, 1976–1980)
Length at CB: 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Gift of Barbara and Gregory Reynolds, 1985
Not on view
"Vivienne struck an odd combination of the dominatrix and pantomime principal boy in leather jodhpurs, or tiny leather miniskirt with appliquéd motorcycle badges, a thick American leather jacket, fluffy mohair sweater and little pointy booties. With her spiky, white-peroxided hair and pale skin providing a neutral background for her luscious purple lips, she was simply stunning" (Nils Stevenson, Vacant: A Diary of the Punk Years, 197679 [New York, 1999], p. 15). Common mohair sweaters had been seen everywhere in London since the 1950s, but Westwood made her own version with a looser knit and bolder, asymmetrical color blocks that was decidedly different from the predictable stripes and colors of past decades.