Elizabeth Hawes (American, Ridgewood, New Jersey 1903–1971 New York)
Gift of J.Q. & Dr. B. Riznik, 1980
Not on view
Designed and knitted by maverick American designer Elizabeth Hawes, this sweater was worn by its owner when he went to the Whisky-a-Go-Go nightclub in Los Angeles. For the bon vivant ready to date, the message might seem to be an innocuous telephone number flaunted on the chest. But the indication is far ruder as the number, using dial equivalents to letters, becomes an obscenity.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wordrobe," September 3, 1997–November 23, 1997.