• Fashion Through the Ages auction at Christies

    Sale 5945

    Fashion Through the Ages

    3 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 276

    A SWEATER

    THE RITVA MAN, DESIGNED FOR PAUL MCCARTNEY'S BAND 'WINGS'

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    A SWEATER
    THE RITVA MAN, DESIGNED FOR PAUL MCCARTNEY'S BAND 'WINGS'
    the electric blue, short sleeved sweater applied with a silver wings motif


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    This jumper is a prototype produced for Sir Paul McCartney, and is one of several existing jumpers. Paul McCartney subsequently wore a jumper like this one on stage.

    Saleroom Notice

    This sweater is one of several existing sweaters not as stated in the catalogue.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Originally established as a crochet and knitwear business in 1966, Mike and Ritva Ross created 'The Ritva Man' label in 1969 with the aim of collaborating with artists such as David Hockney, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Hughes and Allen Jones, to produce a limited edition of knitwear. Although intended to be issued in an editions of 200, it is likely that fewer than this were produced for each design. The embroidered Roman numerals embroidered in the collar were the artist's own examples.