Halter-neck top and hot pants

Hot pants and halterneck

Halter-neck, knitted wool, about 1973

Halter-neck tops were first worn in the 1930s, especially as swimwear. They were revived as casual day and evening wear in the 1970s. This example was originally worn by the actress Glenda Jackson, who was born in Birkenhead.

Gift of Mrs G Temple, 1994
Accession number: WAG 1994.84.7

Hot pants, suede, about 1973

Hot pants were designed by Mary Quant in the 1960s, but they were popular well into the 1970s. They emphasised the legs and buttocks and were usually made from suede, velvet, satin or denim. They were so popular in 1971 that women were allowed to wear them in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot

Gift of Allison Oldershaw, 1981
Accession number: 1981.2017.6