In the early ’80s, Adam Ant was Westwood's muse. He became an early and avid collector of punk-era clothing.
After the demise of the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood turned her attention to Adam Ant, lead singer of Adam and the Ants. Westwood used him to display her latest creations, which came to be known as New Romanticism. Even though he was at the forefront of this fashion movement that rejected punk's filth and fury, Adam Ant was an avid collector and archivist of punk-era clothing. He never doubted that the clothes that defined punk had tremendous historical value. Numerous pieces that will be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were purchased from his private collection.