So fun! We love this unusual maxi length intarsia knit sweater by Giorgio di Sant’Angelo! The sweater dress has long sleeves and a jewel collar, and features an amazing aeronautic intarsia knit design of various aircrafts whirling about in the sky, including a biplane with “37007HR” on its wing. The planes are knit in a bright orange color, echoing the wide orange collar and sleeve cuffs. Stripes of green are present on the lower and upper arms, as well as on the bottom of the skirt, giving the piece a vibrant “racing stripe” edge.
A dress identical to this one has been exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum as part of their Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo retrospective that took place in fall 2011 / winter 2012.
The sweater was was also mentioned in a 1973 Time Magazine article titled “Fashion is an Honest Sweater.”
"There are many reasons for the new sweater enthusiasm. Selections in both color and style are wider than ever… Many sweaters now sport knitted-in portraits of people or animals. Betsey Johnson's "ecology" line features trees and fish; Giorgio di Sant'Angelo portrays a plane taking off. Stan Herman's trompe l'oeil sweater dresses have fake belts and scarves knitted into the material. Others contrast jazzy colors, stripes and polka dots in dazzling juxtaposition. "Sweaters are completely different now," says Sant'Angelo. "We have these fabulous synthetic yarns and colors." Says Herman: "Sweaters are the only way to dress.""
Very striking 1960s Rudy Gernreich for Harmon Knitwear top and culottes set. The top features long, red knit sleeves, red knit stomach panels, and a crew neck, as well as purple and olive wool panels creating the illusion of a layered crop top halterneck over a red long sleeve shirt. The wool blend culottes feature a fun and funky pattern that is not quite zigzag, not quite zebra, and not quite hounds tooth but is definitely vibrant! The colors play off of each other, and in unison create an eye-popping ensemble that is the perfect example of the avante garde, innovate, adventurous designs Rudi Gernreich was known for.
Modern US Size 2-4
Top - Bust: 34, Waist: 28, Shoulder Hem Length: 20 3/4, Wrist: 7 3/4 inches
Skirt Pants - Waist: 27 1/2, Length: 40, Inseam: 25 1/2
*Image 8 depicts the design at "Geinreich Bold", a 2008 Ohio exhibition of his work at Kent State, and is part of the documentation. See the following link for more information: http://www.kent.edu/museum/rudi-gernreich-bold ~Tag was previously cut out on this ensemble. Additional tag picture shown from another item in the collection purchased at auction authenticates the brand.
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