London, South Kensington
19 September 2007
The First Gyles Bear by House of Nisbet
retained from a limited edition of 5000 sold excusively in the museum wearing knitted 'Gyles' teddy bear jumper, jointed with label on foot and side seam, 1989 --15in. (38cm.) high; and a yellow knitted jumper by George Hostler with the museum's bear logo and 'The Teddy Bear Museum - Stratford-upon-Avon'
In the 1980s Gyles Brandreth, co-founder of the Teddy Bear Museum, was working on a number of television programmes and had become known for wearing colourful jumpers designed by George Hostler, knitwear designer and lecturer in design at De Montfort University. George's exclusive designs were popular with a number of people, including Sir Elton John and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
This jumper was worn on a number of occasions by Gyles including the opening of the museum and for the photograph in the front of this catalogue and the museum's official guide.
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For this actual bear see The Teddy Bear Hall of Fame - A Century of Historic Bears, by Michele Brown, page 123.
Gyles jumper designed exclusively for the bear by George Hostler.
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