Friday 22 September 2017

Aran jumper joins Wonderbra and Hermès Birkin on Manhattan's iconic fashion list

Gigi Hadid wearing a black Aran jumper on the streets of Manhattan on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Gigi Hadid wearing a black Aran jumper on the streets of Manhattan on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Alexa Chung wearing an Aran jumper in 2013
The Clancy Brothers decked out in Aran jumpers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The humble Aran jumper has made it into a major fashion exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

The jumper is one of 111 items selected because of their "profound impact on the world over the last century".

Alexa Chung wearing an Aran jumper in 2013
Alexa Chung wearing an Aran jumper in 2013

The knit will sit alongside other iconic fashion items including a Wonderbra, Jane Birkin's Hermès Birkin bag, Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking suit, a pair of Levi's 501 jeans from the 1940s, a 1950s biker jacket, and a selection of LBDs (Little Black Dresses).

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo, will loan one of their cable knit sweaters to the exhibition 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?'

The Aran jumper in question is a cream piece dated from 1940 and made from a heavy, scoured wool.

The patterns vary on the front and back; the centre panel on one side has a diamond stitch and the centre of the other side consists of a trellis openwork pattern with bobbles.

The Aran jumper from the National Museum of Ireland
The Aran jumper from the National Museum of Ireland

Mr Tony Candon, manager of the National Museum of Ireland, credited the Clancy Brothers, Grace Kelly and Tommy Makem for boosted its popularity.

The exhibition opens on October 1.

Irish Independent

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