Fashion in Song – Sticky Fingers, 1971

Although none of the songs on this Rolling Stones album was about fashion, it’s hard to ignore the novel cover art that includes a working zipper that reveals white cotton undies. Widely considered one of the most influential album covers of all time (usually placing second after the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s album), Sticky Fingers was scandalous but successful at promoting the Rolling Stones ‘bad boy’ image. Designed by Andy Warhol, the model used for the photograph was never revealed, but it’s not Mick Jagger or any member of the band.

Damage was caused by the zipper to the vinyl disc when the record was stacked under other records, so to alleviate the problem, the fly was usually sold unzipped so that any damage would not occur to the recording.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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