The Varsity Letterman Jacket.The object I have chosen to analyse and contextualize is a 1985 red varsity jacket. Interms of appearance and material, this jacket is made in the typical boiled wool torsoin red, (with red popper buttons) with beige leather sleeves and a red, white andyellow striped banded waistband and cuffs. It also features a banded collar, whichsuggests it is made for a man as hoods were added for women's jackets.The letterman jacket is named so because it features large letters which are awardedto the student for achieving in various sports activities, primarily american footballand basketball. Typically there would only be one letter on a varsity jacket but my jacket features two letters intertwining on the same patch “WC” or “CW” whichcould mean that the person who previously wore the jacket was awarded two lettersin his academic and sporting career. The letters are created using a moss stitch on theletter itself and a chain stitch for the outline, and then sewn onto the jacket whenawarded. Typically the letter would be awarded before the player would purchase hisor her jacket.Typically any numbers on the jacket are of the year of graduation or the playersnumber. So in this case, the player number would be “129” and the year of graduationwas 1985. On the right side of this jacket is embroidered “Mark” and along the back of this jacket is elaborately embroidered “Ortega”, both in gold. Many varsity jacketsinclude a mascot patch sewn on, so either this school did not feature a mascot or theowner decided his name was more important, which suggests to me that he was possibly arrogant and possibly from a wealthy family as it was much more expensiveto get this sort of embroidery on an item.The tradition of awarding letters to students evidently started 1865, when “theHarvard baseball team added an Old English 'H'. The 'H' was embroidered on thegray flannel shirt. The football team started to use the 'H' in 1875. It is interesting tonote that for 25 years following the introduction in 1865 of the letter, it was the practice for the team captain to allow certain players who played in the mostimportant games (Yale or Princeton) to keep the 'H' jerseys as an award. If a player did not play in an important game, the player had to return the jersey at the end of theseason. Awarding the 'H' jersey may have been the birth of the varsity letter as anaward.”There is another dimension to these varsity jackets, in many schools it was (and is) asymbol of popularity and status, and is a convention of your typical “Jock”. It has been used in many movies to immediately signify this as an exterior representation of the character, for instance in the breakfast club, (which premiered in 1985,coincidentally the same year this jacket was worn), when Emilio Estevez's character Andy Clark dons his to show he is part of a different clique from the rest of thecharacters.