Kimono Marimekko Quilted Jacket

picture of a jacket on a hanger

 

Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia, after the former’s oilcloth factory project failed and was converted to a garment plant. Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric. It came as an early recognition of fashion as an industrial art and of Marimekko’s role in the process when Finland’s leading industrial designer

Timo Sarpaneva invited the company to present a fashion show (albeit canceled at short notice) at the 1957 Triennale in Milan. The garments were eventually showcased in the nearby Rinascente upscale department store under its then store display manager Giorgio Armani.

Two pioneering designers set the tone for Marimekko: Vuokko Nurmesniemi in the 1950s, and Maija Isola in the 1960s. Nurmesniemi designed the simply striped red and white Jokapoika shirt in 1956; Isola designed the iconic Unikko (poppy) print pattern in 1964.

Marimekko’s bold fabrics and bright, simple design strongly influenced late 20th-century taste. Many of the early Marimekko designs, including Maija Isola’s Unikko, remain in production today.

Measures:

Label reads size “Small”
83 cotton/ 17 rayon

Total length from the back of the neck is 23 inches
sleevs from shoulder seam are 17.5 inches (slightly cropped)
Bust is 36 inches (or 76 cm)

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