Costume and Textiles
Man's Bondage Suit: Jacket and Trousers with Attached Knee StrapMade in England, Europe
Designed by Vivienne Westwood, English, born 1941
Bright orange/red wool twill
Currently not on view
2000-38-1a,bPurchased with the Costume and Textiles Revolving Fund, 2000
LabelVivienne Westwood is famous for her subversive—even perverse—approach to fashion. In this suit she combines masterful tailoring with sadomasochistic components intended to shock. Westwood's bondage wear, created in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren, was made for several decades from the 1970s on. Beneath the double-breasted jacket, the trousers have a front fly that extends well up the back crotch seam, two vertical zippers on each leg, and an adjustable bondage strap between the legs.