VICTORIAN INTERSTATE UNIFORMS
The Big V emblazoned across the Victorian state jumper is a footballing classic; immediately recognisable to football fans across Australia. Today, the design remains much-loved or much-loathed, depending on your place of birth.
What most fans would not realise is today's classic V (pictured at left) only made its first appearance in 1950. Prior to this Victoria wore a wide array of designs, ranging from stripes to sashes, hoops and even diamonds, with the first V being introduced in 1908 for the inaugural National Carnival.
Between 1908 and 1949 there were no less than 18 different types of V worn by the Vics. In contrast, since 1950 there have been only two.
VICTORIAN STATE UNIFORMS HISTORY
Don't let the Big V down: click on the tabs below to discover more about the history of each design...
1877-1896 - VFA / INTERCOLONIAL ERA
1897-1914 - THE BIRTH OF THE VFL AND THE BIG V
1919-1949 - V FOR VARIETY
1950-1975 - THE CLASSIC BIG V TAKES CENTRE STAGE
1976-1989 - PATCHES APLENTY
1990-2008 - AFL STATE OF ORIGIN ERA
VICTORIAN STATE UNIFORM HISTORY
Click on the tabs below to discover more about the history of each design...
Written and researched by David Eastman
Artwork by Rob Meredith
First published 15/9/2015
Last updated 17/11/2018