Hear pop culture historian Neal Heard discuss football shirts as remarkable social, historical and design artefacts.
Taking the football shirt as a starting point, it’s possible to trace developments not only in graphic and textile design but in the game’s relationship to corporations and nations.
Consider that Levi’s once made a shirt for Mexico and Ralph Lauren for the New York Cosmos, that Bob Marley often wore iconic shirts and that the Corinthian Democracia - a club/ ideological movement - has been recognised in Brazil as one of the most important actions in the history of their struggle against dictatorship, and you’ll get a sense of the rich cultural and political associations these garments have.
Neal Heard is the author of The Football Shirts Book. His recent exhibition The Art of the Football Shirt - hosted with premium menswear platform Jacket Required - is due to start a global tour later this year.