Heartthrob pop star and genderqueer clothing standard bearer Harry Styles sent the internet into a spin last year after he was photographed wearing a patchwork cardigan during a rehearsal for a performance on The Tonight Show. Designed by British fashion brand JW Anderson, the knitted garment garnered a massive internet following after a TikTok user recreated it, inspiring thousands of others to do the same.
The buzz around the cardigan, which is now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, was so strong that JW Anderson later published a pattern and a tutorial on how to construct it. And now one lucky bidder can own a digital rendering of the cardigan, which is up for auction as an NFT.
The Colourbook Patchwork Cardigan NFT was “meticulously crafted over 300 hours…each piece of yarn being 3D rendered before being woven together”, according to a press release.
Organized with NFT fashion platform xydrobe, proceeds from the sale will go to AKT, a Manchester-based charity that supports young LGBTQ+ people facing homelessness in the UK. The auction ends at 2:00 PM EST, and at press time the current bid is 2ETH (£2,831).
Since 2013, JW Anderson founder Jonathan Anderson has served as creative director of Spanish fashion house Loewe, whose foundation sponsors the annual €50,000 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize.