Strapped: The Art of the Decorated Jockstrap

By on January 1, 2009

Colin Corbett

After buying his first jockstrap (never worn, but rather adored) as a young man at a sport shop in Carlisle, Scottish designer Colin Corbett hasn’t been able to resist their campy presence. The man eventually started sprinkling them with feathers and diamantes, then next thing you know, he had a collection under his belt ready for exhibition (or for Carnival in Rio).


Jockstraps were once worn by the modest man in the 1860s while changing into his bathing trunks at public beaches and for the usual sporting and medical reasons, but who’s to say it can’t be portrayed festively on its own?

From Wednesday 21st January, pop in at the London College of Communication for a glamourised take on jockstraps, adorned with plumage, studs, chain mail, and even religious symbols like crosses and Turkey’s ‘Evil Eyes’.

Kara Martin

Open to public: Wednesday 21 January – Friday 30 January 2009, 10.00am – 6.00pm
Venue: Eckersley Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB






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