Google animated Doodle celebrates the famous French blue-and-white-striped shirt, the marinière (French for “sailor shirt”) on March 27, 2020. It is otherwise called a Breton shirt, as many sailors in the French Navy were from Brittany.
On March 27 in 1858, the French Navy proclaimed this versatile undergarment part of the official uniform of its seamen, denoting the beginning of the top’s celebrated journey into closets around the globe.
A marinière, or tricot rayé, is a cotton long-armed shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes. Typically worn by officers and marines in the French Navy, it has gotten a staple in civilian French fashion and, particularly outside France, this sort of striped garment is frequently part of the stereotypical picture of a French individual.
Knit tightly from wool to watch seafarers against the severe elements of their maritime environment, the marinière’s primary function is renowned. Be that as it may, the importance of the sweater’s striped design is still far from being true.
A few stories say the horizontal stripes were intended to make it simpler to spot seamen who fell overboard, while different accounts guarantee that each stripe was intended to represent one of Napoleon’s marine triumphs over the British. Notwithstanding its history, there is no denying that the marinière has since changed into an unmistakable statement of style.
Marinières were made by independent tailors, yet ultimately were made in navy workshops; armed force tailoring was a different obligation, frequently performed by volunteers. Marinières became a huge product in France, made by organizations, for example, Saint James, Armor Lux, and Orcival.
In the late 19th century, the marinière started its migration from naval force decks to city roads with the assistance of French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Frequently spotted at masked balls in Paris wearing the now-famous striped shirt, Colette strongly broke traditional gender stereotypes and assisted with making ready for modern womenswear.
By the 1920s, bohemians, intellectuals, and fashionistas of the French Riviera had received the marinière, further establishing the jersey’s evolution from a staple of nautical life to a symbol of artistic chic.
During the 1940s the marinière was worn by John Wayne, at that point Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Marcel Marceau. A lot later, Sting demonstrated for photos wearing one.
On 19 October 2012, Arnaud Montebourg, the French Industry Minister, wore an Armor Lux marinière in a cover photograph for Le Parisien’s magazine. Montebourg had consented to the magazine’s request to wear the marinière, with a French-made watch, before French-made household apparatuses. The cover article was a ten-page dossier on “Made in France”, Montebourg’s domestic production drive.
From artists to celebrities, the marinière has earned innumerable well-known supports throughout the decades, respected and considered today to be a timeless classic the world over.