A Clean Sharp Image

Don Cherry’s Suits as Sartorial Statements

  • Julia Petrov Royal Alberta Museum


Canadian sports commentator Don Cherry is notorious for his outspoken opinions and flamboyant style, both attracting popular attention. This article examines his attention-grabbing on-air style as an extension of both his values for the game of hockey and his view of himself as a working-class boy made good. I argue that Cherry deliberately uses his suits to embody his social and personal values. Drawing on fashion studies approaches, I show that while not exactly fashionable in terms of trendiness, Cherry’s suits are examples of the ability of clothing to be indexical of working-class personality transformed.

Author Biography

Julia Petrov, Royal Alberta Museum

Julia Petrov is Curator of Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum. Her research interests include the tensions between liveliness and deathliness in museum displays of fashion, the representation of dress in texts and images in the long 19th century, and gendered dress norms. She co-edited the Routledge volumes The Thing About Museums(2011) and Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories(2012) and edited a special issue of the journal Clothing Culturesin 2016. Another co-edited volume, Fashioning Horror, was published by Bloomsbury in December 2017.

How to Cite
PetrovJ. (2018). A Clean Sharp Image: Don Cherry’s Suits as Sartorial Statements. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 9(2), 41-54. https://doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.FCM.9.2.5