There’s vintage sportswear and there’s vintage Sportswear. A double market you say? There are the jersey collectors and Nascar tee collectors and this-kinda-thing collectors. Collectors. You can’t wear this out to dinner or to a movie like you would wear a vintage Banlon or piece of leather. Sure, folks collect Pierre Balmain and Dior or Jaques Fath – but tend to do so with less fervor than those who collect, the sports, stuff. Don’t know those names? There’s your homework.
I was recently educated on the esoterica concerning vintage jerseys. For example there are game jerseys – like have seen game play which have value for aforementioned exposure. There are company specific reissues that command a buck or two and there are even Hall of Fame time-issued pieces that appeal to hyper-specific dedicated fans. Seems like a lot to keep track of, but we’re all guilty of time consumption spent on why this piece or that is worth our time. So who would want this piece from our warehouse? It’s handmade, old, and that stitch-embroidered patch is impressive (seriously). Long history made short is the original cheer team for the (then brand new in early 1960’s) Minnesota Vikings were the Parkettes and this doesn’t fit any uniform we could find for that period. However, the fabric says otherwise.
So did somebody make this as an homage? A fantastically well-made costume? Or something else? I guess this appeals to a lot of interests – textile and Americana collectors included. Whatever it does for you, we agree, this is a serious piece of sports history and the fashion connection throughout the years is undeniably important as reflections of times, attitudes and support for good times and positive vibes.