Peter Jensen generously donated a personal selection of 26 pieces from the archive of his label’s menswear collections. The pieces include knitwear, tailoring, shirts and accessories from 2001-2014. The donated garments reflect Jensen’s use of colour, print and playfulness in his designs.
Jensen was born in Denmark and completed an MA in menswear design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He established his label in 1999 and designs both menswear and womenswear for his brand.
Cream chunky hand cable knit cricket jumper with low round neck and deep V. The deep V detail is a blue, red and white striped thick band applied around the neckline. Label: Gieves Ltd. No. 38. In 1940 during the Blitz, when Gieves Ltd was at 21 Old Bond Street, it suffered a direct hit, and several of the company’s historic ledgers and Nelson relics were destroyed. In 1974, Gieve's Ltd acquired Hawkes & Co. (est.1771), this being another British firm of distinguished reputation, to become Gieves and Hawkes Ltd.
Pink Jumper with green yellow and purple print. It has an orange false stitched polo style collar. The jumper has purple cuffs, hem and neckline. It has a saddle shoulder seam finished with cover stitching. There is an embroidered racoon with the Best Company logo on the right chest.
Best Company was launched in 1982 by Olmes Carretti with the aim of bringing American classic sportswear together with Italian design and manufacturing. It was known for an expressive use of colour, print and pattern and was adopted by the Milanese 'Paninaro' subculture. The brand was sold and closed soon after in 1992. Olmes Carretti was designer for Best Company between 1982-92.
Part of Jean Paul Gaultier's Autumn Winter 1986 'Russian Constructionist' collection. Black textured zip-up cardigan with lurex Russian text and numbers design and a contrasting red and black checkerboard pattern. The metallic pewter Russian text and numbers feature throughout Gaultier's A/W1986 collection 'Russian Constructivist' and features type in varying sizes all over the cardigan. A double line runs around the hem, and there is a large arrow in the centre back of the cardigan. The red and black checkerboard pattern runs around the collar and down the centre front, either side of the zip. It also features around the elbow of both sleeves.