NMRD Object of the Month: Severn Roller Torrent Artwork

Established in 2012, the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. Our ‘Object of the Month’ celebrates objects from our ever expanding collections.

We want your old team shirts, flyers, zines and other paraphernalia to illustrate the remarkable development of the sport in the UK. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for future announcements on how to donate items to the Museum.

Photos taken by Rebel Rebel #15 (aka Catherine Hemelryk) with thanks to Joe Brown & Luke Harby.

 

April 2020

Roller derby ’boutfits’ are made up of revealing clothes, fishnet tights, and make-up. This challenges gender binary assumptions and heteronormative roles.

For many who wear ‘boutfits’ on the track, the combination of playing a fierce and violent contact sport and wearing provocative outfits shows that women do not need to choose between being sexy and tough. They can be both.

However, many teams, in an effort to break the mould and transform from a fun league to a professional one, ditch the ‘boutfits’.

a design by the Severn Roller Torrent showcasing the artistic element of the sport and the 'boutfits' of the players
A design by the Severn Roller Torrent showcasing the artistic element of the sport and the ’boutfits’ of the players

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