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Vintage T-shirts: 500 Authentic Tees from the '70s and '80s [Paperback]

Lisa Kidner , Sam Knee
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3 Mar 2008
Vintage T-shirts pays homage to obsessional love of tees in all their guises - and the nostalgic memories they revive. Traded, given to lovers, worn until falling apart, customized and cut-up, T-shirts today are a ubiquitous item of apparel, worn by everyone, from children to the elderly. The book takes a visual journey through the worlds of music, television, film, advertising, skate and surf, entertainment and all aspects of popular culture that make this item of clothing such a longlasting and covetable staple. In addition, there are collector profile spreads that take a look at the collections and backstories of T-shirt fans and fanatics. It is a must-have purchase for all T-shirt enthusiasts!

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844420019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844420018
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Knee worked for four years in San Francisco, grading T-shirts and sourcing vintage clothes for a number of retailers. He has travelled extensively worldwide in the pursuit of rare and unusual T-shirts. Formerly a fashion journalist for 19 magazine, Lisa has a degree in fashion textiles. After dealing in vintage clothing at Portobello market in London, Lisa and Sam sold a range of their clothes under the Heart of Glass label at UK retailer Whistles. Their Upper Fifth range is currently on sale at Top Shop branches in the UK.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but far from complete 19 May 2013
By Maaike
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If you are a printdesigner in fashion this might be a nice resource. It is far from complete and the mix between "special" "collector" tees and selfmade/selfprinted tees is a bit weird. To place the tees in their context/time there are some images of the bands they are a tribute to. Also there are interviews with the collectors whos t-shirts have been photographed.

I was mainly looking for collectors items and must-have or iconic tees, if that's your aim, you'd better search somewhere else, but as a source of inspiration for your own prints its a nice buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 30 Sep 2006
By A. Pearson - Published on
I bought this book sight unseen off Amazon and was immediately disappointed as soon as I opened the cover. I was hoping for a collection of cool designs that would inspire me for my graphic design work. Maybe one third of the designs are quality (at best) the rest are very mediocre. One page has six variations of the same Mickey Mouse T-shirt with different text. WTF! There is a T-shirt with the original M TV logo, one with a Pepsi logo, you get the idea. The book is more of a historical catalog than anything else.

The book also has several interviews with losers who collect T's and have hundreds of them and who provided the shirts featured in the book. Who cares, not me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage T shirts are the best kind of T shirts 12 Sep 2010
By Devin Gustafson - Published on
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I bought this book as a form of research since I currently work at a screen printing shop in town and it did not disappoint. Getting to see these old shirts separated by genre was a great way to get some new ideas for designs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars vintage book 27 Dec 2012
By Kerry Vickery - Published on
exactly what i was looking for. It was a christmas present for someone stuck in the 80's. It was well recieved
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Pop Culture Book. 5 July 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. The myriad of vintage 70s and 80s tee shirts were very cool to relive and see for the first time. There was even an interview with my buddy Omid in one section of the book featuring classic 80s heavy metal tee shirts!
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