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98/132/1 Performance costume, rock music, jacket and trousers, cloth, used by Col Joye, Andy Ellis Exclusive Mens Wear, Australia, 1958-1961. Click to enlarge.

Performance costume, rock music, jacket and trousers, cloth, used by Col Joye, Andy Ellis Exclusive Mens Wear, Australia, 1958-1961

Made by Andy Ellis in Australia, Oceania, 1958-1961.

Col Joye was a pioneer of Australian rock ‘n’ roll. While Johnny O’Keefe was billed as ‘the wild one’, Joye cultivated a clean cut, boy next door image.

Inspired by Bill Haley’s ‘Rock around the Clock’, he formed the Joyboys in 1957 with his brothers and a few friends. Their big break came when promoter Bill McColl saw them at the Maroubra Hotel and offered them a spot playing on his ‘Jazzorama’ concert in October 1957. They dressed in flash clothes (including white shoes which they painted the...

Summary

Object No.

98/132/1

Object Statement

Performance costume, rock music, jacket and trousers, cloth, used by Col Joye, Andy Ellis Exclusive Mens Wear, Australia, 1958-1961

Physical Description

Performance costume, rock music, jacket and trousers, cloth, used by Col Joye, Andy Ellis Exclusive Mens Wear, Australia, 1958-1961

Tailor-made men's suit consisting of jacket and trousers, green shiny, synthetic fabric.
-1 Mens long sleeved jacket made of green shiny, synthetic fabric. Shawl collar extending down to single button fastening. Jacket has an external left breast pocket, fake external pockets on lower left and right sides, internal left and right breast pockets and an internal lower left pocket. Cuffs have stitching and imprints in the fabric indicating that there are 2 buttons missing from each cuff, the buttons did not serve as fasteners. Jacket has a lower centre back vent and is lined internally with a red and green patterned fabric. Cream coloured fabric makers labels embroidered in red and black cotton sewn at the inside right breast of jacket. Label has an illustration of a man in a suit with 'Andy Ellis' across illustration, other text says 'Exclusive Men's Wear/ 20 PITT ST SYDNEY/ CHURCH ST WOLLONGONG/ 705 HUNTER ST NEWCASTLE'. Fabric has numerous pulls and stains.

-2 Pair of mens trousers made of green shiny, synthetic fabric, trousers match 98/132/1-1 (jacket). Form fitting trousers with no side pockets and 7 belt loops at waist. Trousers fasten at centre front with one button on inside, one metal hook and eye and a metal zipper. Unlined except for inside of waistband which is lined with a cream coloured fabric. Handwritten text in black ink inside waistband 'Col Joy' (sic). Fitted legs with vents at hem on outside of leg. Fabric is stained and marked.

Marks

-1 Embroidered makers label sewn at inside right breast of jacket, label has an illustration of a man with text 'Andy Ellis' across illustration, other text 'Exclusive Men's Wear/20 PITT ST SYDNEY/CHURCH ST WOLLONGONG/705 HUNTER STREET NEWCASTLE'
-2 Handwritten in black ink inside waistband 'Col Joy' (sic)

Production

Notes

Designed and made by Andy Ellis, a Sydney tailor who made costumes for Johnny O'Keefe and other rock 'n' roll singers.

Made

Andy Ellis 1958-1961

Designed

Andy Ellis null

History

Notes

Worn by Col Joye in live performances with his band the Joyboys. Joye is pictured wearing the suit on the cover of his 1961 album 'Joyride'.

Owned by Col Joye from the time it was made. Lent to the Powerhouse Museum in 1993 for the Real Wild Child exhibition.

Owned

Joye, Col

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Col Joye, 1998

Acquisition Date

20 October 1998

Cite this Object

Harvard

Performance costume, rock music, jacket and trousers, cloth, used by Col Joye, Andy Ellis Exclusive Mens Wear, Australia, 1958-1961 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 January 2019, <https://ma.as/161183>

Wikipedia

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