Apr 05, 2011 12:00AM

Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion

You don't need dentures and/or grandchildren to know a good knit.

From laser cut neoprene to ipod jackets, there are plenty of fashion designers making statements with technology. But there are just as many embracing the genteel art of knitting. If you've ever seen Sandra Buckland's architectural creations, Mark Fast's webbed body-con dresses or Margiela's boxy turtlenecks you'll know that there's more to winter woolies than itchy, ill-fitting cardigans. The history books are also full of yarns that attest to knitwear's appeal. So much so that Antwerp's MoMu Fashion Museum, in collaboration with Woolmark, has spun together an exhibition devoted to the richness and diversity of knitwear in fashion.

In Unravel: Knitwear In Fashion, historic couture pieces by Schiaparelli, Patou and Chanel feature alongside needlework by Ann Salens, Vivienne Westwood and Sonia Rykiel. A miscellany of macrames would be incomplete without Missoni - don't get your knits in a knot, the exhibition includes plenty of zig-zag patterned papaya wool. Then there are the amazing avant-garde pieces by Backlund, Fast and Margiela (as well as a bunch of promising newcomers). Novelty and sentimental value aside, your beloved Rudolf the red nose reindeer jumper, complete with a red pom pom nose (a Christmas present from Grandma), ain't got nothing.