Man's Bondage Suit: Jacket and Trousers with Attached Knee Strap

Designed by Vivienne Westwood, English, born 1941

Made in England, Europe

c. 1990

Bright orange/red wool twill

Jacket (Center Back Length): 33 1/2 inches (85.1 cm) Pants (Length): 39 inches (99.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Costume and Textiles Revolving Fund, 2000

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Vivienne 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.