Erin Corrales-Diaz, curator of the “The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion” exhibition now on view at the Worcester Art Museum, grew up outside of Seattle, Washington, where her father would bring her to watch the Seattle Mariners baseball team during the days of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Edgar Martinez.
While her passion for the sport declined over the years (“I’m now a fair-weather fan,” she admitted), it was reignited when she began her search for materials for this show which ranges from the sport’s early years to today, when every person can wear a jersey as a fashion statement. “Now I’m a rejuvenated baseball fan. It brought me back and I realized it was so long ago I went to those games. My father’s so excited (to come to the opening).” While curating a show based around baseball might seem a million miles away from her regular work compiling collections by current artists with works from centuries earlier to show their inspiration, she found a connection with the designers of baseball uniformsthroughout the decades. “It was so different than what I’m used to. I love it as an art historian. I didn’t know how much importance went into the creation of the team logos and how much went into deciding the size of stripes on a uniform and its material and fabric,” Corrales-Diaz said.