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Breton Stripe Shirt, Jean Paul Gaultier, 1997

Lorynn Divita

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Throughout Jean Paul Gaultier’s career he has created a recognizable body of work based on iconic looks including trench coats, corsets, and berets, among others. But first and foremost, Gaultier has come to be permanently associated with the Breton stripe top, also known as la marinière, or a “sailor” top. From its origins as a staple of the sailor’s uniform in the Bretagne region of France, then in the entire French navy, the shirt has retained an aura of romance and simplicity that has appeale

Vivienne Westwood, Spring/Summer 1998

Lucy Moyse

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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A model strolls down the runway in a dark, voluminous, nineteenth-century-style dress, illuminated with a large, silky red sash. A near naked male model, his tanned skin glistening, waves her on with an oversized black flag. Vivienne Westwood’s spring/summer 1998 collection was awash with head scarves, glitter, silk, stripes, and eyepatches, creating a uniquely maritime mélange. Entitled “Tied to the Mast,” the collection was revealed at the Hôtel de Crillon, Paris. It was Westwood’s first show a

Nautical Style

Elizabeth K. Bye

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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The “Jack-tar” describes a sailor of sixteenth century Europe who wore a waist-length tarred leather jacket and hat for water protection. To facilitate movement on the ships, loose breeches called “slops” and tunics of canvas or coarse linen were worn. The slops were often striped or red in color. In addition, a tar-coated canvas petticoat called a tarpaulin was often worn over the slops during rough weather. A neckerchief and knitted woolen cap provided additional protection for the head. The ta

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