T-shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion

The t-shirt is the subject of a new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London documenting how it has come to reflect shifts in society over the years.

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 symbols 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 features a collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from the early days of Sex, through to the designers most recent collections.

This group of rare objects will form a central installation of the exhibition, along with a historical biography of the T-shirt.


Exhibition Dates: 9 February 2018 – 6 May 2018

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays.



Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability
£9.90 adults* / £8.80 concessions* / £7 students *Includes 10% gift aid

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Steve Goodall
Steve Goodall

Steve is a designer at beetroot who also oversees our online projects