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  • Place of origin:

    America (made)

  • Date:

    1970-1975 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Johnson, Betsey (designer)
    Alley Cat (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-knitted wool yarn

  • Museum number:

    T.113:1, 2-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

As the designer for the American fashion label Alley Cat in the early 1970s, Betsey Johnson created inexpensive clothing with a whimsical spirit. Alley Cat favoured bright colours and distinctive prints, many of which Johnson designed herself. This knitted top and skirt is a fine example of Johnson's early work. With its hot pink colour and provocative intarsia-knit design featuring nude female figures it typifies Johnson's Alley Cat designs.

Physical description

Sweater and knee-length A-line skirt in hot pink wool with knitted design of yellow nude figures. On the slim-fitting sweater two female figures are shown in the act of removing white garments , the design is repeated on the back. The A-line skirt features nude figures doing various tasks, such as raking, sweeping with a broom, carrying baskets, and watering flowers.

Place of Origin

America (made)


1970-1975 (designed)


Johnson, Betsey (designer)
Alley Cat (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-knitted wool yarn

Marks and inscriptions

'ALLEY CAT' (arrow pointing at picture of cat, speech bubble saying:) 'BY BETSEY JOHNSON'
Label in skirt

'ALL PURE WOOL/The American Way With Wool (R) FABRIC MADE IN U.S.A'
Label attached below the Alley Cat label


Length: 40 cm sweater, Circumference: 60 cm sweater waist, Circumference: 75 cm bust, Length: 65 cm skirt

Descriptive line

Ensemble, knitted wool, pink and yellow, with nude figures, Johnson, Betsey for Alley Cat, New York, 1970-1975.


Wool yarn


Machine knitting; Intarsia

Subjects depicted

Brooms; Baskets; Nudes; Watering cans


Fashion; Clothing; Day wear; Textiles

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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