Tuesday, April 21, 2015

North Carolina 2015 football uniforms feature basketball team's argyle pattern.

North Carolina's 2014 jersey. Photo via SI.com.

Nike released photos of North Carolina's football uniforms for the 2015 season. The 2015 uniforms incorporate a design element familiar to men's basketball fans - the blue and white argyle pattern created by fashion designer and UNC alum Alexander Julian in 1991.

Julian created the argyle pattern as part of a redesign of the Tar Heels' men's basketball team uniforms commissioned by the team's then-head coach Dean Smith in 1991. The designer said in a 2009 interview that he took inspiration from an argyle pattern that helped earn him his first Coty Award in 1977. He referred to the pattern his "lucky argyle," and added it to the men's unis.

The argyle has been featured on every iteration of UNC's men's basketball team uniforms since 1991, including the three NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament titles in 1993, 2005, and 2009.

The argyle appears around the collar of the football jerseys, on the sides of the pants, and on the stripe on the helmets.

The new football uniforms are part of an across the board rebranding at North Carolina, which will standardize lettering, numbers, and logos for the school's 28 sports teams.

(via Dr. Saturday)

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