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V&A acquires Harry Styles’s TikTok-trending multicoloured patchwork cardigan

Harry Styles cardigan, designed by JW Anderson Courtesy V&A

Style icon and all round gender-neutral superstar Harry Styles keeps hitting the headlines with his fashion choices. His decision to don a periwinkle blue gown designed by Gucci for his historic cover image on US Vogue turned conservative commentators apoplectic, for instance. But another Styles clothing choice continues to resonate. When the One Direction singer wore a patchwork knit cardigan in many colours to a rehearsal for US broadcaster NBC ‘s Today show in February, the world seemed to go crochet crazy after designer Jonathan Anderson—founder and creative director of JW Anderson—released the pattern online, prompting thousands of fans on lockdown to show off their home-knitted replicas on TikTok. Now Harry’s crazy cardi is heading to fashion mecca, the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London. “The secret is out! We can now confirm that the JW Anderson patchwork knit cardigan worn by recording artist Harry Styles is joining the V&A’s fashion collection,” the museum exclaimed excitedly in a rather joyous press statement. “Donating the cardigan to the V&A feels like the right next step to acknowledge everyone’s incredible creativity and craft especially during such a challenging time in history,” Anderson adds in a statement.