A new exhibition is coming to South Yorkshire which collates some of the most recognisable and wearable designs of the last century. T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion “provides a unique insight into the historical and cultural influence of the most ubiquitous, affordable and popular garment of the last 100 years”.

Since its earliest incarnation at the start of the 20th Century, the t-shirt has served as a means to broadcast social, musical and political passions, most recently becoming a creative tool for expressing innovative design. T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion explores each of these embodiments of this everyday item, featuring significant pieces from the archives of artists, designers and collectors. Having spent three months delighting visitors to The Fashion and Textile Museum in London, the exhibition is now coming to The Civic in Barnsley.

Spanning over 50 years and featuring over 100 rare and ground-breaking examples, the exhibition includes some of the most valuable examples in the world. Highlights include rare surviving pieces, hand-customised by Vivienne Westwood in the 1970s, era-defining designs from the archives of Katharine Hamnett and Pam Hogg, and contemporary reimaginings from Moschino, Vetements and Henry Holland.

(Main image: Climate Revolution (c) Vivienne Westwood) 


T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion is on The Civic in Barnsley from June 23 – September 22, 2018. For more information, click here