[Female Undershirt]. Robert Watts.

[Female Undershirt]

[New York]: [1965]. Silkscreen print on a cotton Size M Mor-Tex brand t shirt. With Fluxus Logo surrounded by text reading “Designed & Tailored by Robert Watts” printed beneath the image.

T shirt designed by Robert Watts for performers participating in the Fluxorchestra event held at Carnegie Hall in 1965, screenprinted from a photograph of a nude female torso. This shirt is the very first incarnation of a concept that led to the development known as the Tits Tee, one of the most emblematic fashions of the punk movement.

A different image utilizing the same concept was later designed by Janusz and Laura Gottwald of Amperzand Design, and then issued by Jizz Productions in San Francisco, in which incarnation it was discovered and worn by Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper. It was in this incarnation that Malcolm McLaren discovered it in a New Orleans head shop, took one home and co-opted the design, issuing it with Vivienne Westwood at Sex and Seditionaries, after which it was worn by members of the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie Sioux, and countless punks. See Paul Gorman's 3 part essay on the history of the Shirt at The Look blog.

A near fine example, which appears to have been unworn and unwashed, with no shrinking, and the label bright and undulled. There is a faint pink pigment stain to lower margin, else fine. Item #30119

Price: $2,000.00

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