Sweater

Designer: Vivienne Westwood (British, born 1941)

Designer: Malcolm McLaren (British, London 1946–2010 Switzerland)

Retailer: Seditionaries (British, 1976–1980)

Date: 1976–80

Culture: British

Medium: wool

Credit Line: Gift of Barbara and Gregory Reynolds, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.375.7

Description

"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, 1976–79 [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.

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