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theme Marinière

Traditional utility garments were adopted by artists and intellectuals, and by fashion design, during the first decades of the 1900s. The sailor’s jumper became a trend in the bohemian communities of Saint-Tropez and Antibes on the French Riviera; and together with soft jersey knits and a more androgynous silhouette, the ‘nautical style’ was an important inspiration for the modernisation of womenswear.

history Marinière

history Mariniere

The striped sailor’s jumper, known as la marinière (the sailor), tricot rayé (striped knit) or chandail (jumper), became the official undershirt of the French navy in the spring of 1858. An official bulletin specified the exact number and width of the stripes, stating that the body of the shirt should be patterned with 21 white stripes and 20 or 21 indigo-blue stripes, the white stripes being twice as wide – 20 millimetres – as the blue.

Photo: Mary Evans Picture Library

technique Contrast stitching


theme Marinière