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Stormzy’s stab-proof vest

Banksy’s customised stab-proof vest aims to re-interpret the ‘John Bull’ gentleman's waistcoat – a symbol of traditional British identity – to reflect the realities of modern urban life.

Musician Stormzy took both the vest and the opportunity of being the first Black British solo artist to headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury to create a defining cultural moment. The commanding yet vulnerable performance raised multiple questions and statements, both overt and implied. Stormzy successfully conveyed how the Union Jack can seemingly be both a patriotic symbol and target.

A genuine former police issue garment, in addition to making a fashion statement the vest is capable of stopping bullets of up to .45 calibre.

Designed by Banksy.

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