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THE GINGHAM INDEX


Something we’ve learned over the past 30-plus years? Gingham has no expiration date—it looks as crisp and cool today as it did when Brigitte Bardot wore it in the fifties. And we’ve also managed to pick up a few facts about gingham’s, ahem, checkered past along the way…

1600s

Gingham is first imported into Europe from Malaysia, where it’s called genggang.

©2015/Bryan Derballa


108

Number of cotton mills in Manchester, England—the center of gingham fabric production— at the peak of its industrial boom in 1853.

©2015/Bryan Derballa


1953

Marilyn Monroe wears a now-iconic pair of cropped gingham pants in an Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph.

Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.


1959

Brigitte Bardot gets married in a pink vichy-check (gingham) wedding dress—and causes a nationwide shortage in France.

Photograph by Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match via Getty Images.


1983

Gingham appears in J.Crew’s very first catalog, on a button-up shirt.

Source: J.Crew Archives, 1983


59

Gingham styles in our spring/ summer 2016 collection.

©2015/Bryan Derballa


10,516(ISH)

Squares on our pink gingham suit (apologies and thanks to our intern).

©2016/Nagi Sakai


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