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Pop Culture History of Polka Dots

18th century

A textile company in St. Gallen,
Switzerland, begins producing sheer
cotton fabric adorned with small raised
dots - aka "Dotted-Swiss".

1857

The words "polka dot" first appear in
print in an issue of Godey's Lady's Book
- in reference to a muslin scarf with
handsomely embroidered trim.

1884

French painter Georges Seurat, the creator
of Pointillism completes his masterwork "A Sunday
Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" comprised
of thousands of colored dots.

1928

Walt Disney introduces audiences to
a polka-dot clad Minnie Mouse.

1940

Frank Sinatra records "Polka Dots and
Moonbeams," his first hit with the
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1960

Singer Brian Hyland's novelty song - "Itsy
Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" - sells
almost a million copies in the first two months
of its release.

2012

On an episode of New Girl, Zooey
Deschanel's quirky character, Jess, sums
up her sartorial style as: "I rock a
lot of polka dots."

Annie Selke introduces five exclusive polka-dot-inspired patterns in a variety of cheerful colors. Spot On, On the Spot, Pop Dot, Splatter, and Spotted all marry the boldness of Pop Art with a fresh, modern palette.

2021

18th century

A textile company in St. Gallen,
Switzerland, begins producing sheer
cotton fabric adorned with small raised dots - aka "Dotted-Swiss".

1857

The words "polka dot" first appear in
print in an issue of Godey's Lady's Book - in reference to a muslin scarf with handsomely embroidered trim.

1884

French painter Georges Seurat, the creator of Pointillism completes his masterwork "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" comprised of thousands of colored dots.

1928

Walt Disney introduces audiences to
a polka-dot clad Minnie Mouse.

1940

Frank Sinatra records "Polka Dots and
Moonbeams," his first hit with the
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1960

Singer Brian Hyland's novelty song - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" - sells almost a million copies in the first two months of its release.

2012

On an episode of New Girl, Zooey Deschanel's quirky character, Jess, sums up her sartorial style as: "I rock a lot of polka dots."

Annie Selke introduces a trio
of sunny polka dot patterns – Spot On,
On the Spot, and Splatter – that marry
the boldness of Pop Art with a bright,
modern palette.

2021

18th century

A textile company in St. Gallen, Switzerland, begins producing sheer cotton fabric adorned with small raised dots - aka "Dotted-Swiss".

1857

1884

The words "polka dot" first appear in
print in an issue of Godey's Lady's Book
- in reference to a muslin scarf with
handsomely embroidered trim.
French painter Georges Seurat, the creator
of Pointillism completes his masterwork "A Sunday
Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" comprised
of thousands of colored dots.

1928

Walt Disney introduces audiences to a polka-dot clad Minnie Mouse.

1940

Frank Sinatra records "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," his first hit with the
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1960

Singer Brian Hyland's novelty song - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" - sells almost a million copies in the first two months of its release.

2012

On an episode of New Girl, Zooey
Deschanel's quirky character, Jess, sums
up her sartorial style as: "I rock a
lot of polka dots."

2021

Annie Selke introduces a trio
of sunny polka dot patterns – Spot On, On the Spot, and Splatter – that marry the boldness of Pop Art with a bright, modern palette.

Bring the playfulness of polka dots to your home!

Bring the playfulness of polka dots to your home!

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