Man's Pullover Sweater and Pin-on Button

aestheticterrorists®. Designed by Walter Van Beirendonck, Belgian, born 1957. Worn by John Cale, Welsh, born 1942.

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1999-2001

Fluorescent yellow wool/acrylic/cellophane knit; metal pin-on button

Center Back Length: 29 inches (73.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift from the private collection of John Cale, 2002

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Walter Van Beirendonck has changed the boundaries of fashion, combining sci-fi futurism and sadomasochist fantasies. So strong is his concern for originality that in 1999 he broke with his successful but, he felt, too-commercial label Wild & Lethal Trash, or W.&L.T. (pronounced "walt"). His new, small-scale label, aestheticterrorists, was named not for its aggressive meaning but to wake up the indifferent world of fashion. The strong but affordable clothes use screaming colors to demand a reaction, and, as the "Stop!" button here indicates, banish banality.