Exhibition Dates: 9 February 2018 – 6 May 2018 | Book online
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 symbol 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 will feature a private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from the early days of Let it Rock, Sex, and Seditionaries, through to the designers most recent collections, Active Resistance to Propaganda and Climate Revolution. This group of rare objects will form a central installation of the exhibition, accompanied by an introduction to the historical biography of the t-shirt and an insight into its technological advances, mapped through sections focusing on contemporary design.
Curated and organized in partnership with The Civic, Barnsley.
Exhibition Dates: 9 February 2018 – 6 May 2018
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Please note: The Museum does not have a permanent display, and instead offers one focussed temporary exhibition every three months within a year which allows the Museum to display a rich variety of contemporary fashion and textile items. Suggested visit time 45 minutes to an hour.
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
Children under 12 are free.
50% off full price ticket for Art Fund members
Art Fund tickets are available to be purchased in person with a valid Art Fund membership card and cannot be booked in advance.
Please fill in the Group Bookings Form or contact the Museum with your requirements.
Image: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greets fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, wearing a t-shirt with a nuclear missile protest message. 17th March, 1984. © Press Association.