Introduction Part One: Commentators: GLENN ADAMSON, The slogan T-shirt as a postmodernist device; SAM BULLY, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's use of slogans on T-shirts; PUNK with JON SAVAGE and JAMIE REID; SHEHNAZ SUTERWALLA, The slogan T-shirt as a site of resistance; DR MATTHEW WORLEY, The slogan T-shirt as a subcultural tactic; ERIC ROSE, Vivienne Westwood enthusiast; HOLLY JOHNSON, Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman; CHRIS SANDERSON at The Future Laborotary, The slogan T-shirt as a lifestyle tool; CHRIS COLEMAN at WGSN, The slogan T-shirt's relationship to trends and appropriation; JULIAN VOGEL at Modus PR, The slogan T-shirt as a marketing tool; NEIL BOORMAN, The slogan T-shirt's relationship to branding ; DANIEL PEMBERTON, Expresses a counter position; SCOTT MADDUX, The cult value of the slogan T-shirt; SIMON LEE at Simon Lee Gallery - The relationship between the slogan T-shirt and high art; LARISSA CLARK at Environmental Justice Foundation - The slogan T-shirt as a campaign tool; SHUMON BASAR - The slogan T-shirt as a political tool; HOWARD BESSER - Political slogan T-shirt collector; DR MATT COOK - The slogan T-shirt's relationship to queer culture; DR CLARE ROSE - The morals of language on slogan T-shirts; FIONA CARTLEDGE - 90s slogan T-shirt culture; PHILIP DE MESQUITA - Former Camden Market vendor and entrepreneur; ROBIN BENNET at A-non - The slogan T-shirt's presence on the festival circuit; MARK WIGAN - The slogan T-shirt's relationship to club culture; ROGER BURTON at The Contemporary Wardrobe - The vintage value of the slogan T-shirt; MICHAEL KOPELMAN at Gimme 5 - Stussy T-shirt; NAMALEE BOLLE at SUPERSUPER! - BOY T-shirt; NAVAZ BATIWALLA at Disneyrollergirl - Martin Margiela T-shirt; ALEX FURY and PAUL HETHERINGTON at SHOWstudio - discuss their downloadable T-shirt project; ZACHARY PULMAN - discusses the Tourist T-shirt; MATT SNOW - a visual chronicle of the screen-printing process Part Two: Designers; KATHARINE HAMNETT; BARNZLEY ARMITAGE; VEXED GENERATION; 6876; YMC; SCOTT KING; GERARD SAINT at BIG ACTIVE; EXPERIMENTAL JETSET; 2K BY GINGHAM; ANTONI AND ALISON; IAIN R WEBB; I LOVE BOXIE; CASSETTE PLAYA; KAREN SAVAGE; DR NOKI; JEREMY DELLER; IAN WARNER and OLIVER MILLER at SLAB Magazine; DELAY NO MORE; TOBY MOTT; TOPSHOP
A fascinating compendium of commentaries on the slogan T-shirt as a sartorial item and a cultural artefact from fashion industry insiders and cultural taste-makers.
Freelance writer, stylist and creative consultant, Stephanie Talbot has studied visual theory, screen theory and architecture at post-graduate and doctoral level. She also muses about life not far from her doorstep in East London - where she lives with her beloved dog - on her acclaimed blog, www.thehouseofneonweather.com.
Talbot's book reveals a lot to the everyday reader about the changing psychology behind fashion and the power behind the meanings that the casual wearer fails to understand. -- Barto Joly De Lotbiniere * York Vision *