The wonderful wizard of shirts
(Screenshot from the 1939 film; Warner Bros. Family Entertainment)
The Wizard of Oz is an iconic movie, but it also counts as one of the earliest, perhaps even the first film where people wore printed t-shirts.
(Photo from: thecavenderdiary.com)
On 13 July 1942, an Air Corps Gunnery School T-shirt, which also counts as a graphic tee, made its way into the cover of LIFE magazine and has been credited as the first time it has been showcased in a photograph.
Marlon, Mickey, and the rest is history
Officially crossing over from military wear to the common folk's wardrobe, the t-shirt's popularity started in the early '50s when Marlon Brando sported it in the film adaptation of the book A Streetcar Named Desire. Since then, it became cool to wear the t-shirt on its own over denim, slacks, or just about anything.
(Photo from: penmyblog)
By the end of that year, the company Tropix Togs turned printing t-shirts into a million dollar business by getting exclusive rights from Walt Disney to print Mickey Mouse t-shirts. This paved the way for the popularisation of the graphic tee. By the '60s and the '70s, the t-shirt has been an avenue for artists, cities, and even politicians and activists to present ideas, visuals, and statements.
Since then, tees have become not just a fashion essential but perhaps also a life staple to people.
(Cover photo from: margasayson)
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