The first book solely devoted to the baseball jersey in an artistic context.
A must-have book for all baseball and fashion fans.
A ground-breaking volume that traces the design and aesthetics of the iconic baseball jersey both on and off the baseball field.
Covers over 170 years of development, experimentation, and dissemination of the American-style shirt in sport, on the runway, and in everyday life.
The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion explores the design and aesthetics of the iconic baseball jersey both on and off the baseball field. Featuring over 35 historic and contemporary jerseys and baseball-inspired fashion, this ground-breaking volume traces the development, experimentation, and dissemination of the iconic American-style baseball shirt in the sport, on the runway, and in everyday life. It also examines wider sociological issues: Why do we care so much about sports attire, and what do such clothes mean to us and the wider world?
The Iconic Jersey is packed with images: often controversial baseball-inspired fashion— flannel wool fabrics, vibrant technicolour, button-up bib fronts, even ties and collars— drawn from the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Boston Red Sox, baseball magazines, fashion magazines, and archival photographs, including Terry O’Neill’s famous photos of Elton John at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium in 1975 in a Bob Mackie designed Dodger’s uniform, and Nike’s 2020 designs for the Major Leagues.
An essay by Erin R. Corrales-Diaz explores the baseball jersey as an entry point into 170 years of baseball uniforms and examines the relationship between aesthetics and athletics, fashion and function, the collective and the individual, regional and national impulses, and nostalgia and modernity.
Erin R. Corrales-Diaz, PhD, is assistant curator of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum, Mass.
Table of Contents
- Directors’ Foreword
- Rooting for Laundry
- Behind the Seams
1. The Modern Jersey
2. Experimental Design
3. Off the Field
- Selected Bibliography
- Photography Credits