KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood
KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood exhibition: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015 Inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include…
Men’s cardigan Vivienne Westwood, Early 1990s, Wool, sheepskin This witty cardigan by Vivienne Westwood with its built in sheepskin yolk, recalls the shepherd with one of his flock draped around his shoulders. Only four copies of this cardigan were made; two women’s catwalk pieces and, after seeing them, two for men by request of her son.
Cardigan 1920s, Rayon A very fine machine knit jacket in black rayon embroidered with an early Orientalist Art Deco peacock design in red bugle beads and silver spheres. Beaded cardigans were often part of set with a dress of the same decoration and were essentially part of typical ‘flapper’ style.
Tank top by Mr Freedom, c.1970, Acrylic From the exhibition KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood Image (c) Fashion and Textile Museum www.ftmlondon.org The choice of colours on this tank top by Mr Freedom produces an Op Art effect with the vibrant pink spots floating off the grey background. The Mr Freedom label featured a Pop Art, Roy Lichtenstein-esque female nude.
Suit by Bill Gibb, 1976, Acrylic From the KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood exhibition Image (c) Fashion and Textile Museum This knitted tunic pullover, pantaloons and scarf set are from the “Byzantine” collection by Bill Gibb and his partner Kaffe Fassett. Fassett would hand dye and knit sample swatches which would then be made by technician Mildred Boulton, into garments designed by Gibb. This set uses 7 colours on the two designs but Boulton had knitted up to 20 colours in one garment.