Man's Pullover Sweater and Pin-on Button

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

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1999-2001

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

Dimensions:
Center Back Length: 29 inches (73.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-24-7a,b

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.