The T-Shirt : Underwear? • Began in America • Stole the idea from the European Soldiers during WW1 • Cool & comfortable • Was named the T-Shirt because of it’s simple design • Worn only as underwear
T-Shirts & the movies • John Wayne, Marlon Brando & James Dean shocked American’s in the 1950’s • By 1955 T-Shirt started to become acceptable to wear on it’s own • James Dean in “Rebel without a cause” made the T-Shirt cool
T-Shirts throughout history • 1950’s - worn tight to show of a man’s body symbol of rebellious youth • 1960’s - tie dyed, started to experiment with screen printing • Advancement in technology -meant more variations • Tank top, scoop & v neck and muscle shirts became available
T-Shirts throughout history cont… • 1970’s & 80’s- technology meant that the production of the T-Shirt allowed the increase of volume & availability • 1990’s & 00’s -technology means that people can design their own T-Shirts easily
Why the T-Shirt? • Cheap • Comfortable • Make a statement • During 60’s & 70’s Rock and Roll bands used them to make money • Professional sport soon caught on and produced their own T-Shirts as merchandise
T-Shirt as a Statement • This began in the 60’s • Mostly political statements • Today people can wear them to make a personal statement
Summary • The artwork symbolises the cultural and social climate of our times • When designing your own T-Shirt think about what you want to say • Take: See class site.
References • History of the T-Shirt retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?The-History-Of-T-Shirts-And-Their-Importance-(Still)-To-The-American-Economy-(And-A-Little-Trivia)&id=701388 on 20th April 2009 Images found at: • http://www.demockratees.com/ • www.t-shirthumor.com • http://www.t-shirtcountdown.com/t-shirts/politics.html • http://www.radicalrags.com/