Man's Op Art Shirt

Designed by John Stephen, British, 1934 - 2004

Made in London, England, Europe

c. 1965

Printed cotton plain weave, cotton plain weave

Center Back Length: 33 inches (83.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Darrel Sewell, 2001

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During the swinging sixties, John Stephen was the undisputed king of London's famous Carnaby Street, where youth-targeted boutiques sold the gear demanded by the now generation. Fashion-conscious mod young men flaunted trendy, eye-catching clothes that were as revolutionary as the music and art they favored. This shirt's visually vibrating pattern reflects contemporary fascination with optical art, or Op Art, a term coined by Time magazine in 1964.