The Iconic Jersey

GBP £29.95



ISBN: 978-1-911282-88-4

192 pages

254 x 210 mm (8 ¼ x 10 in)

216 colour and b & w

In association with Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

June 2021


The baseball shirt: cultural icon and fashion accessory – in The Guardian

“Ballplayers’ photos capture changing styles, evolving game”—Stephen Wolgast, News Photographer

“When I saw The Iconic Jersey: Baseball X Fashion, I knew I had to check it out, even though I’m the farthest from a fashionista as you can get”—Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf

“Chock a block with thought–provoking images of baseball jerseys—both historic and contemporary—as well as baseball inspired fashion”—Jennifer Daley, The Journal of Dress History 

“Dives into the sweater, its evolution over time and its influence on fashion”—Clara Kiersgaard, Politken

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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.

Accompanies a major exhibition opening at the Worcester Art Museum, Mass, on June 12, 2021.

Author biography

Erin R. Corrales-Diaz, PhD, is assistant curator of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum, Mass.

Table of Contents

  • Directors’ Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Rooting for Laundry
  • Behind the Seams
  • Plates
    1. The Modern Jersey
    2. Experimental Design
    3. Off the Field
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Photography Credits
  • Index