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jacket 1985.171
jacket detail 1985.171
suit detail 1997.16

Throughout much of history, male sexuality has been represented through aggressively masculine clothing - exaggerated shoulder pads, cod pieces, and particularly dark plain sober colours. However at other moments, the peacock buried in all men has been allowed to come to the fore. The eighteenth century embroidered male, the scented Regency dandy and the tightly fitted colourful early 1970s fop are all potent manifestations of this periodic freedom of expression.

The later 1960s and early 1970s saw the British male sporting huge flares, skin-tight fitted shirts, long effeminately waved hair and rainbow coloured fabrics. This light-weight cotton seersucker jacket is in pastel colours, primarily pinks and yellows and was worn by a fashionable man-about-town in Oldham. It is a striking garment, meant to seize attention and be individual, rather than to blend in, as has been the case with so much dull predictable clothing worn by men since. The detail of the claret suit from the same date, shown below, with printed pink shirt, exhibits similarly extrovert taste.

Full item descriptions:

"summer jacket" [1985.171]
"lounge suit" [1997.16], Take 6

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1970s Fashion