In a cultural landscape that increasingly celebrates alternative notions of beauty, I have to ask, is Frankenstein’s monster a step too far? Japanese imprint Mountain Research have this new season knit on offer over at NYC’s Blue in Green. It looks like a motorway pile-up in Mary Shelley’s brain, with Freddy Krueger and J. G. Ballard in the back seat.
Mostly wool, with fragments of nylon and mohair, its sutured-together-look is clearly mad-distinctive. But look closer and even more absurdity reveals itself. What look like chunky stitches are actually plastic zip-ties. I want to suggest they are the same things you might fasten around a loaf of Warburtons to keep mould from flowering. But they’re probably special Mountain Research zip-ties. At least I’d hope so for 400 quid.
You’ll either find this thing ugly-beautiful, or ugly-ugly. As much as I stare at this I can’t help but feel I don’t want to walk about with a representation of Frankenstein’s monster. And just to be pedantic Blue in Green, it is Frankenstein’s monster. Not as you say, “a sweater modelled after Frankenstein’s face.” That would just be a sweater with a young scientist’s face on. Quite a different preposition.