The turtleneck in the history of cinema

3 cinema stars who made the turtleneck timeless

Elegant, comfortable and in a slender style, the turtleneck can be worn oversize or slim fit; with just one certainty: it will give your outfit a touch of a unique enveloping style.

The history of the turtleneck began in the mid-1800s when, still considered simply a warm and useful garment for athletes, it was worn especially by English polo players. A useful item of clothing also loved by sailors and fishermen, which achieved success with the British army during the Second World War.

But it is only in the 50s that the high-neck jumper definitively acquires a popular allure thanks to important movie stars. So here are the style icons that made the turtleneck a timeless piece of clothing.

Marilyn Monroe 

It was 1953 when Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed Marilyn Monore on the patio of her home. It was thanks to those famous shots and the charm of the subject that, since then, the turtleneck has also acquired a sense of simple, but at the same time sensual, clothing.

Audrey Hepburn 

A few years later, in 1957 Cinderella comes out in Paris with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. There is a memorable scene in which she dances wearing black trousers and a black turtleneck, a simplicity with disarming elegance.

Steve McQueen 

In 1968 Bullit comes out, with Steve McQueen starring as a cunning and silent policeman. The choice of the turtleneck, also worn under the jacket, contributes to the charm of the Hollywood actor. A combination that is still considered an excellent alternative to plays and shirts.


We have chosen these timeless icons of cinema style to tell you something more about this knitting pattern, which you find in our online shop in pure cashmere composition, and which still remains incredibly suitable for making your look chic with very little effort.