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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ashpool, John (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-knitted cashmere

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Juliet Buck

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Machine-knitted cashmere jumper with dolman sleeves gathered into a ribbed midriff band and cuffs. It has a high square neck finished with some ribbing. It is beige, black, brick red, sand and brown. The asymmetrical design includes vertical stripes along the right front decorated with a rose. The right sleeve is circled by a band of stripes half way along. The left sleeve is entirely striped, terminating in a stepped vertical line at the back left. Cuffs, midriff band and neck ribbing are horizontally striped. There are trompe l'oeil buttonhole.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1974 (designed)


Ashpool, John (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-knitted cashmere

Descriptive line

Machine-knitted cashmere jumper, designed by John Ashpool, Great Britain, 1974.

Labels and date

Machine-knitted cashmere
British: John Ashpool, about 1972

This sweater has dolman sleeves gathered into ribbed cuffs. Both the body and the sleeves, in stocking stitch, were knitted in one piece horizontally from cuff to cuff. The underarms were then seamed and attached to a tight midriff tube of ribbing. The square neck has a ribbed edging.
The strong asymmetrical striped pattern recalls designs from the 1920s and the 'trompe l'oeil' buttonhole is reminscent of Elsa Schiaparelli's jersies.

Worn and given by Joan Juliet Buck

Rayon crepe
French, Yves Saint Laurent, about 1972
T.368-1985 [1985]




Machine knitting


Fashion; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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