Rob Fletcher take a look back at some of the printed t-shirts and other items of clothing that got people talking during 2014.
Print has established itself as a key technology in the world of fashion. Whether it is leopard skin print for a certain Spice Girl or helping set the latest trends on the catwalks of Milan, many designers opt for print as a way to help bring their products to life.
This was definitely the case in 2014 with a whole host of items that made their way to market featuring some sort of print. So, in no particular order, here are some of the products – some loved, some not so much – that got designers and consumers alike talking in the last 12 months.
Mokatbis – Moustache Kate Moss Tee
Description: Simple design t-shirt, worn by a number of celebrities
Picture: Courtesy of ElevenParis.com
Daft Punk themed jacket
Designer: Zego Promotion & Logistik
Printer: Zego Promotion & Logistik
Description: Inspired by music duo Daft Punk, the jacket was honoured with the ‘Best in Show’ at the FESPA Awards in 2014
Picture: Courtesy of Zego Promotion & Logistik
Vladimir Putin t-shirt series
Designer: Vse Putyom
Description: Series of 15 t-shirts showing Russian president Vladimir Putin in various guises supported by slogans such as ‘The Most Polite Man’ and ‘They’re Not Gonna Get Us’. At launch, up to 5,000 were being sold each day – including to Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (pictured).
Picture: Courtesy of The Independent
Fawcett Society – Elle UK/Whistles campaign
Designer: Fawcett Society
Description: T-shirt worn by a number of political figures in the UK as part of pro-female campaign. MP Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour party, even wore the t-shirt to a Prime Minister’s Questions session
Picture: Courtesy of @HarrietHarman
Samuel L. Jackson – I’m Not Laurence Fishburne
Description: After being mistaken for fellow actor Laurence Fishburne in a US TV interview, Samuel L. Jackson responded by wearing this t-shirt to press interviews for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. To view the now famous Jackson-Fishburne mistake, click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96nWItQPfiI)
Picture: Courtesy of Digital Spy
Gap/Visionaire – UV-sensitive ink t-shirts
Designer: Various – including Yoko Ono, Richard Phillips and Roe Ethridge
Description: The t-shirts feature special UV-sensitive ink that changes colour when exposed to direct sunlight
Picture: Courtesy of Gap
PETA – anti-fur/animal skin/meat campaign
Designer: Black Score – Simeon Farrar
Printer: Black Score (in-house)
Description: Series of t-shirts discouraging the use of animal fur and skin for clothing, as well as encouraging people to give up eating meat
Picture: Courtesy of Vogue
Versace – 2014 Fifa World Cup
Designer: Donatella Versace
Description: Produced especially for the 2014 Fifa World Cup football tournament, the t-shirt was available to purchase for the small matter of £410
Picture: Courtesy of Versace
Teespring.com – Sochi 2014
Printer: Teespring.com (in-house)
Description: Poking fun at the now famous malfunctioning snowflake that failed to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia
Picture: Courtesy of Teespring.com
Macaulay Culkin/Ryan Gosling – t-shirt war
Designer: Macaulay Culkin/Ryan Gosling
Description: In a seemingly endless battle, Hollywood stars Macaulay Culkin and Ryan Gosling have taken to wearing t-shirts with each others’ faces on. This has escalated to a point where Macaulay Culkin was most recently seen wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Macaulay Culkin wearing Ryan Gosling wearing Macaulay Culkin wearing Ryan Gosling wearing Macaulay Culkin…
Picture: Courtesy of Twitter
BBC Children in Need 2014 official t-shirt
Designer: Giles Deacon
Description: Designed by Giles Deacon, this was the official t-shirt for the 2014 BBC Children in Need charity effort – featuring the famous Pudsey Bear
Picture: Courtesy of BBC Children in Need
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – Angelina Jolie
Printer: Total Clothing / Trent Casuals
Description: Originally designed to raise money for the organisation, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sent one of its ‘Ay up mi Duck’ t-shirts to Angelina Jolie after the Hollywood star used the famous East Midlands phrase to introduce Derby-born Jack O’Connell at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards.
Picture: Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Printdesigns Limited – FESPA Fabric 2014 winner
Designer: Mark Thompson – Printdesigns Limited
Printer: Printdesigns Limited
Description: Mark Thompson of Printdesigns Limited held off competition from 46 entries to win this FESPA Fabric 2014 t-shirt design competition, taking home the €250 prize.
Picture: Courtesy of FESPA
Morrissey – animal rights t-shirts
Description: Well known for his opposition of meat consumption, Morrissey has unveiled a range of new t-shirts depicted his hatred for such activities. This example is one of the less subtle designs in the range.
Picture: Courtesy of Mporium
Metallica – Glastonbury appearance criticism
Description: After receiving criticism ahead of their appearance at the famous Glastonbury music festival, Metallica jokingly rebranded themselves ‘Glastallica’ to show the band is not all about heavy metal music.
Picture: Courtesy of Chris Hodgson
Victoria Beckham – World Aids Day
Designer: Victoria Beckham
Description: Designed by Victoria Beckham, the limited edition white t-shirt features a screen-printed logo, the symbol of World AIDS Day. Money raised from sales of the £90 t-shirt went to Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Picture: Courtesy of www.VictoriaBeckham.com
Graduate Fashion Week – George design competition
Designer: James Holmes
Description: Teenage designer James Holmes won a competition run by George as part of the UK’s Graduate Fashion Week. His direct onto garment digitally printed t-shirts have been sold in George outlets across the UK.
Picture: Courtesy of www.Walesonline.co.uk
Arsenal FC – derby day victory t-shirt
Designer: Arsenal FC
Description: In homage to Arsenal player Theo Walcott’s cheeky 2-0 gesture to the fans of fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the football club designed a new t-shirt to commemorate last season’s win.
Picture: Courtesy of Instagram and Twitter
KISS – Hard Rock – City Of Hope – 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Description: The limited-edition t-shirts feature an original design by the band and were produced as part of a collaboration between Hard Rock International, City Of Hope and the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Revenue from shirt sales went to help the City Of Hope initiative.
Picture: Courtesy of www.Blabbermouth.net
David Bailey print t-shirts
Designer: David Bailey/The Bleach Room
Description: Legendary photographer David Bailey teamed up with The Bleach Room design studio to create a range of t-shirts featuring print of his most famous work. T-shirts were made available at Selfridges for $115.
Picture: Courtesy of www.theukfashionspot.co.uk