Man’s sweater, Mike Ross for RITVA knitwear, 1969

Man’s sweater, Mike Ross for RITVA knitwear, 1969

Man’s sweater
Mike Ross for RITVA knitwear (‘The Ritva Man’)
1969
Machine-knitted acrylic
Museum No T.14-2000
Given by Mike Ross
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

In 1969 Mike Ross designed a sweater called the ‘Homerun’, inspired by a traditional baseball under-garment. From this prototype, in two colours with a simple embroidered flower, there followed around 2500 original variations, with stripes, in unique colourways. Ross later produced two ‘Artist Collections’, a series of ‘wearable works of art’, with appliquéd designs by artist friends including David Hockney, Allen Jones, and Patrick Caulfield. Please note that this object is not displayed in the exhibition.