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Destroy bondage shirt
cotton, screenprint, metal
58.0 cm (centre back) 58.0 cm irreg. (sleeve length)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
label, lower edge of front at proper right, woven black polyester: MALCOM McLAREN / VIVIENNE WESTWOOD / SEDITIONARIES
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2000
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
A 'bondage' shirt of white cotton muslin, it has slashed shoulders and long sleeves sewn with metal clips, that can attach to the metal rings at the shoulder to restrict movement. The seams along the outer edges of the body and sleeves are raw and fraying. The front is printed with the word 'Destroy' in rough lettering, over a red swastika printed on a blue circle and overprinted with an inverted image of the Crucified Christ and the following text (* verse from the Sex Pistols infamous song Anarchy in the UK) 'I am an Antichrist / I am an Antichrist / Don't know what I want / But I know how to get it / I WANNA DESTROY THE PASSERBY / I WANNA be ANARCHY.'