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Guitarist's wardrobe made to measure

Maev Kennedy, arts and heritage correspondent The Guardian, Wednesday May 29 2002 Article historyAbout this articleClose This article appeared in the Guardian on Wednesday May 29 2002 . It was last updated at 10:32 on May 29 2002.

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Jimmy Page is having to make do without his favourite wardrobe. Yesterday the Led Zeppelin guitarist visited it in a room where, in an opium-fuelled dream of the middle ages, it has joined an outrageous golden bed on loan from the V&A. Bed, wardrobe, room and house itself were all designed by William Burges, maddest of the Victorian gothic revival architects. They have been brought together at Knighthayes Court in Devon to demonstrate the startling effect of a commission which was left unfinished in 1874.

Page's wardrobe is painted with symbolic animal portraits, quotations and weirdnesses. One side is a press, painted with opium poppies and scarlet hares, made to hold laudanum, the opiate to which the designer was addicted.

Page has lent the wardrobe for the Burges room, which has been newly created. Burges designed Knighthayes Court for Sir John Heathcoat Amory, an industrialist turned country squire. The house was built but when Heathcoat Amory saw Burges's drawings for the interiors; a more conventional designer was brought in to finish the job.

The wardrobe is Page's favourite piece in his collection of Victorian Gothic works. He can bear to loan it for only three months. The National Trust can hardly bear to empty the room and is considering having a replica made

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Page's wardrobe is painted with symbolic animal portraits, quotations and weirdnesses. One side is a press, painted with opium poppies and scarlet hares, made to hold laudanum, the opiate to which the designer was addicted.

I wish they would have included a photo of the wardrobe - it sounds interesting.

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I wish they would have included a photo of the wardrobe - it sounds interesting.

I have a photo of it which I can send you in a few weeks if no one posts one here.

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I have a photo of it which I can send you in a few weeks if no one posts one here.

I would love to see that, as well, Steve.

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I would love to see that, as well, Steve.

me too!

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While waiting for that photo of his wardrobe cabinet here's a look at some of Led Zeppelin's clothes. It says JPJ's jacket from TSRTS was designed by Paul Bowers and sports velvet hearts:

http://rockpopfashion.com/blog/?p=41

Edited by SteveAJones

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I have seen a pic of Jimmy somewhere on here wearing a shirt that had planets on it (I remember a big Saturn)- I wonder if Paul Reeves designed that one too as the article said Jimmy remained a customer of his.

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No, that and a few other shirts were done for him by a female designer. Her name escapes me at the moment...I want to say it was Coco (or Luna?) from Southern California. Anyone else care to confirm or deny?

Jimmy said her name was Coco in a fairly recent interview (can't remember where right now).

And I'd love to see that wardrobe as well.

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I have a photo of it which I can send you in a few weeks if no one posts one here.

I'd love to see it too Mr. Jones.

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I have a photo of it which I can send you in a few weeks if no one posts one here.

So is there any chance of seeing a photo of this wardrobe Steve ?

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It sounds really cool.

Years ago there was an exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum featuring a lot of secretive and paranoid art. I saw an ornate Masonic chest full of secret hiding places. It was so mysterious---a giant puzzle box.

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