Jordan Mooney, an avatar of punk style, dies at 66
Ms Mooney, he said, was a figurehead for a generation of disgruntled teenagers during the dark Thatcher years. She was heroic in a way, a superhuman and utterly fantastic creation of her own making, an Amazon to kick the pallid, hungry Twiggy types who had gone before her. Ms Mooney said she saw herself as a walking art project and was liberated, like her punk sisters, by the idea that women could be threatening. Punk, anarchic but unisex, was a great equalizer.
Ms Mooney also worked as a manager and stylist for glam-punk band Adam and the Ants. She often played with them too, screaming a song called “Lou”, a Lou Reed review she had written after being disappointed in one of his shows.
She was filmmaker Derek Jarman’s muse, memorably appearing in his campy punk allegory “Jubilee” (1978), dancing on pointe in a fluffy “Swan Lake” tutu on a gritty backlot, in front of a bonfire in which the Union Jack sizzles.
Mr Jarman filmed his 1981 wedding to Kevin Mooney, who was for a short time the Ants bassist. She was 26 and Mr Mooney was 18, and when Mrs Westwood heard the news she fired her. (The shop, which had been renamed Seditionaries in 1976, was then known as World’s End.) Marriage, Ms Westwood thought, was a cumbersome bourgeois construct, and for Ms Mooney to enter it was an unforgivable transgression of philosophy. of the store and Mrs. Westwood’s own beliefs.
The marriage was not a happy one, marred by the couple’s heroin habits – Mr Mooney at one point sold his clothes and once threw his kitten against a wall – and Mrs Mooney escaped after two years. She self-rehabilitated at her parents’ home in Seaford, telling them she had the flu. She stayed in her hometown and reinvented herself as a Burmese cat breeder and veterinary nurse.
In addition to her brother, Ms. Mooney is survived by her sisters, Rosalind Jean Craven and Sally Reid, and her boyfriend, music journalist Nick Linazasoro.