Another week brings another curious list, in this case, one spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music.
Featured below are
9 12 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).
And for the record, we have no plans to reproduce any of these distinguished garments (see our: 80’s movie t-shirts). For now…
UPDATE: by popular demand, we’ve refreshed our sweater initiative with three additional entries! And printed them on t-shirts!!!
The original graphic:
On a torso:
Editor’s note: click on the thumbs below to see larger, more detailed images.
Let’s lend some context to each.
The ribbed turtleneck was worn by Steve McQueen in 1968’s Bullit, gaining a measure of refined, sartorial cool as a result. It was also featured prominently in promotional materials and poster art.
Cosby sweaters: now with their own Tumblr feed! The one featured below, a spectacularly garish confection, stands as a relic of the ’80s and the fashion excesses said decade spawned. We think this sweater debuted in an early episode of The Cosby Show, but haven’t been able to confirm as yet.
Compare with the genuine article here.
Coraline’s distinctive star sweater is shot through with a glowing twinkle.
The Dude’s chunky, rib-knit sweater was to hit the auction block earlier in the year (with a minimum bid of $4,000), but questions about its authenticity tabled those plans for the immediate future. To complete the outfit, don’t forget Kaoru Betto, the Big Lebowski Japanese Baseball shirt.
Let’s correct one popular misconception: Ferris Bueller’s sweater vest is not an animal or leopard print. A closer inspection reveals that it’s designed around a two-tiered, interlocking pattern.
The original is currently on display at the Planet Hollywood in Times Square. If you’re looking for a way to channel the spirit of Ferris, check out our Save Ferris shirt.
The sweater of your
Grunge isn’t a dirty word, but chances are Kurt Cobain’s striped sweater was. This short-sleeved design was worn by the late rock star in the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and is housed through 2013 at the EMP in Seattle.
Mr. Rogers’ signature accessory, his red zip up cardigan.
Velma’s sweater is a simple knit, rendered in a pumpkin hue. True to form, we’ve included the boob swoosh.
Overlooked the first time around (funny how that works…), we’ve included famous Waldo’s candy-cane sweater on the second go.
Technically, this isn’t a real sweater… (Our Wyld Stallyns shirt is real and looks kind of similar, but the Wyld Stallyns aren’t technically a real band.)
The source material:
And finally, one honorable mention – John Belushi’s Animal House College Sweatshirt.
Conceived, researched, curated, and written by Travis Rand Greenwood; illustrated — with total aplomb — by Allegra Westfall.