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Photo Gallery: Strip! How Football Got Shirty, National Football Museum, Manchester

November 4, 2019 Arts, Museums Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Strip! How Football Got Shirty, National Football Museum, Manchester

Do you consider yourself a football fan? Are you a lover of all things related to the beautiful game? Then we’ve got some brilliant images for you to feast your peepers on.

Strip! How Football Got Shirty is the largest curated exhibition of football shirts ever assembled in this country, and it’s heading to the National Football Museum on November 22, 2019. The exclusive new exhibition unpicks the global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced football culture, design, fashion and technology – and includes more than 200 designs.

Shirts from the museum’s own collection will be on display alongside loans from Classic Football Shirts, kit manufacturers including Adidas, Admiral, Hummel and Umbro, specialist collectors and enthusiasts and football clubs. It will also feature interviews with designers including Jürgen Rank, senior design director at Adidas (who is overseeing the design of its Euro 2020 range) and Bert Patrick, formerly of Admiral and credited in 1974 with pioneering the replica shirt industry with the first commercially available England shirt. Shirts created as high fashion items will also feature including those by cult label Fokohaela, designers Christopher Raeburn and Yohji Yamamoto and Dutch streetwear brand Patta.

To coincide with the launch of the exhibition the museum has collaborated with Manchester-born artist and illustrator Stanley Chow on a newly-commissioned National Football Museum shirt, manufactured by Nottingham-based brand PlayerLayer. The shirt, made from 50 per cent bamboo charcoal, will be worn by staff with a limited number available for sale at the museum shop. Iconic shirts on display will include England’s home Umbro shirt as worn by the Three Lions at Italia ’90 and Brazil’s classic 1970 World Cup shirt as worn by Pele, and West Germany’s 1988-1990 squad kit designed by legendary Adidas designer Ina Franzmann. 

Images courtesy of the National Football Museum

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