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Cult — Culture — Subversion

Start Date 09 February 2018
End Date 06 May 2018
Venue Fashion and Textile Museum
Location London, UK
Curator Dennis Nothdruft in partnership with The Civic, Barnsley
Exhibition display of t shirts mounted on metal frames

Explore the T-shirt in the 20th Century through this inspirational exhibition; charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet. T-SHIRT: CULT – CULTURE – SUBVERSION highlights the multi-faceted role of this humble garment. From men’s underclothes to symbol of rock and roll rebellion, through punk and politics to luxury fashion item, T-shirts broadcast who we are and who we want to be.

The exhibition will feature a private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from the early days of Let it Rock, Sex, and Seditionaries, through to the designers most recent collections, Active Resistance to Propaganda and Climate Revolution. This group of rare objects will form a central installation of the exhibition, accompanied by an introduction to the historical biography of the T-shirt and an insight into its technological advances, mapped through sections focusing on contemporary design.

Curated and organized in partnership with The Civic, Barnsley.

Exhibition on Tour

Fabrications Festival, Blackburn | September – November 2019
La Roca retail village, Barcelona | April – June 2019
The Civic, Barnsley | June – September 2018
Exhibition currently available for hire


Image courtesy of Fashion and Textile Museum