Heartthrob pop star and genderqueer clothes horse Harry Styles put 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 the British fashion brand JW Anderson, the knitted garment garnered a significant internet following after a TikTok user recreated it, inspiring thousands of others to do the same.
So loud was the buzz around the cardigan, which is now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, that JW Anderson later released a pattern and tutorial for how to construct it. And now, one lucky bidder can own a digital rendering of the cardigan, which is being offered at auction as an NFT.
The Colorbook Patchwork Cardigan NFT has been “meticulously crafted over 300 hours…with each piece of yarn being rendered in 3D before being weaved together”, according to a press release.
Organised with the NFT fashion platform xydrobe, the sale’s proceeds will go towards AKT, a Manchester-based charity providing support to LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness in the UK. The auction closes at EST 14:00, and at time of publishing has a current bid of 2ETH (£2,831).
Since 2013, JW Anderson’s founder Jonathan Anderson has held the position of creative chief at the Spanish fashion house Loewe, the foundation of which sponsors the annual Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, worth €50,000.