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Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren
Black sateen shirt with rubber buttons and buckles, black rubber flat 'hoover' rings to centre and back, chest pocket with long 'Seditionaries' label, no other labels present, accompanied by a letter of provenance
Bought directly by the vendor from Seditionaries on the King's Road, Chelsea, London, 1978/9
Parachute shirts were designed by Westwood and McLaren in the autumn of 1976, as plans were made to transform their shop, 'Sex', into 'Seditionaries', described by McLaren as the 'ultimate punk enclave'. These strappy tops were part of a new range including bondage trousers, jackets and boots and were originally in black sateen and hard-wearing cotton. By spring 1977 they were produced in brushed cotton in single colours but with elements such as cuffs and sleeves in different colours. Photographs by Toro Kogure of Paul Cook and Steve Jones taken in Wessex Sound Studio in May 1977 show them wearing similar tops.