This outfit was worn by Marian Williams, a singer in a punk band. The mohair sweater was bought at Camden Market and the bondage style trousers and studded t-shirt were from Kensington Market.
Punks rebelled against society through their behaviour and clothing. A lot of punk clothing was deliberately slashed, torn or ripped, to represent defiance. This top was sold pre-slashed. The trousers have two patch pockets at the front with zips across the centre. It also has zips, flaps and slit pockets elsewhere. The tie dyed black t-shirt underneath has a studded leather collar and shoulder straps with metal rings.
Loose knit mohair jumpers, preferably with holes in them like this, were adored by punks in the early 1980s. Many jumpers were knitted by the owner’s mother. Mohair jumpers were sold in Vivienne Westwood's and Malcolm McLaren's shop Seditionaries on the King’s Road in Chelsea. Dress designer Westwood said that she was inspired by the Beatnik fashion of wearing long mohair jumpers with tights.