T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion

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T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion
Susan A. Barnett

If you’ve never pondered the meaning of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet, then get ready top have your world turned. 'T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion' explores the many roles of the humble tee from wearable protest banner to rock’n'roll tribute. Plus, get a load of Vivienne Westwood’s private collection while you’re at it. Find out more here.

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Tastemaker

An exhibition purely dedicated to the humble T shirt. This everyday garment that has growing significance in modern day culture trends and movements from music, gender, expression of opinions and conveying important messages. The exhibition was displayed well, informative and eye opening at times, although a little small overall. I was miffed that the photography bit was closed off due to a meeting in that section when I visited as I think this would have been the part I would have enjoyed the most. The music t shirt part was favourite out of them all and the clever trivia and facts on hangers at the beginning was interesting too. 

Tastemaker

This exhibition brings to life one of our most basic wardrobe staples. Showcasing two rooms of band tees, protest t-shirts, Vivienne Westwood’s collection from Worlds End, and some of the most iconic t-shirt slogans throughout history. A nice touch is the cleverly chosen music selection, expect to hear some Sex Pistols and Frankie Goes to Hollywood while you walk around. Even if you’re not into fashion this is worth checking out.

tastemaker

'How interesting can a room of t-shirts be?' I thought to myself as I wondered whether I had made a terrible mistake booking the tickets as part of a birthday present for my mother. 'Very' is the answer. From start to finish the whole exhibition was fascinating and excellently curated.  I am certainly now a veritable expert on t-shirts and can't help but marvel at all the things I was ignorant to before. Overall it look us around an hour and a quarter to do the whole exhibition and I would thoroughly recommend it to people not just with an interest in fashion but with an interest in popular culture or just anyone looking to know more about something we all take for granted. If you book through TimeOut like I did or if you have an Art Pass it's also really cheap (soz mum).