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Tim Jocelyn

1982 Hand-Signed Raw Silk Appliqué Wearable Art Jacket


This very rare wearable art jacket is by Canadian "fashion artist" Tim Jocelyn. Jocelyn was a cherished member of the Toronto art scene, who died at age 34 of AIDS-related illness in 1986. His work spanned many different mediums, and he was known in particular for his appliqué and papercuts. (We've included a link to more information about his significance below.)

This museum-worthy piece is hand-signed and dated 1982. It's made from black raw silk, and features colorful appliquéd birds and plants, puff shoulders and two frog knot closures to fasten the front. There is some wear to the silk around the edges and on the left shoulder, and some of the gold metallic finish is chipping on the birds. Please zoom in on the photos for a full understanding of the condition. We have adjusted the price to reflect the imperfections. It remains an incredible piece of fashion history.

"I have always been interested in clothing as an art form and I believe what we wear influences and expresses our lives. There are surface design traditions in every culture and a tradition of artists creating works of art specifically to be worn. Many artists, including Picasso, Matisse and Sonia Delauney, have worked in the 'wearables' medium. All of these traditions contribute to what I am trying to achieve in my work."  Tim Jocelyn, 1985


Bust - 37"

Waist - 36"

Shoulders - 14.5"

Arms - 22"

Length - 20"


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