Rehabilitated, the turtleneck pulled up the stylistic slope to reach the peak of the trends of the autumn-winter 2018-2019. The proof with the models of our selection.
Anti-cold parure essence, the turtleneck sweater, or neck collar, is part of these basics inherent to winter that we exempt from wearing the annoying scarf. Reminiscent stylistic childhood for some, incarnation of a style (too?) BCBG for others, the turtleneck, looking falsely retro, is again acclaimed by the ready-to-wear signs.
The sweater of childhood
All children, especially those born in the late 80s, remember this traumatic experience of putting on their turtleneck sweater during winter time. I have in mind fateful mornings where my mother held open, the biggest possible, this famous neck so that I could slip my head. The cervix usually stopped at eye level, tightening its grip before leaving me free to see, but barely breathing.
I remember a girl in my class whose mother sometimes pulls two turtleneck sweaters on top of each other. Undressing sessions were just as dramatic, since they required special dexterity for those who wanted to get out of this labyrinth of clothing.
Small collar, big story
Contrary to what I could believe in these moments of childhood, the turtleneck was not born in the 80s for the simple purpose of restricting my respiratory capacities. It is the tip of his nose as a men’s sportswear in the 19th century. Used in outdoor sports, it has a particular success in the proletarian classes where workers and sailors appropriate it.
Soon, however, feminists are beginning to wear it and make it a unisex garment. In the 60s, it is mostly worn by American teenagers and slips into a pleated skirt before being taken over by Hollywood and the world of international cinema in front of the flagship object of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade or Romy Schneider in Otley.
The 70’s are the period of glory where, for women, men and children, it is tight. Subsequently, recognized personalities make it an iconic object of the Beatles to Andy Warhol through Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. In France, the black turtleneck is very popular with leftist intellectuals to the point that we speak of a style “Saint-Germain-des-Prés” which included undoubtedly Jean-Paul Sartre or Michel Foucault.