Item 2017.039 - BodyMap Lycra Shorts

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2017.039

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BodyMap Lycra Shorts

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  • 1984 (Creation)

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(1982-1991)

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Black fitted shorts with a white stripe around the top below the waistband and shaping for a penis at the front.
Country of Design: United Kingdom
Country of Manufacture: England

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Nylon and elastine
Colour/Print: Black
Label: Body Map / Made in England / 80% Nylon / 20% Elastine / Size L

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Invisible Men exhibition label:

PRINTED BIKER JACKET AND LYCRA SHORTS
BodyMap
1984-1985

Featuring a print by Hilde Smith called Cosmic Check, this biker jacket was purchase from BodyMap’s Camden Market stall and is from their collection Barbie Takes a Trip Around Nature’s Cosmic Curves. Lycra transitioned from sportswear to a fashion fabric partly due to the explosion of aerobic fitness of the late 1970s and was adopted to produce body-conscious garments designed for London’s pansexual nightclubbers.

Cotton, nylon, elastane
Archive no. 2019.77 and 2017.039

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