The largest curated exhibition of football shirts ever debuts in Manchester and it is called ‘Strip! How Football Got Shirty’ – and it’s coming to the National Football Museum on November 22nd.
This exclusive new exhibition unpicks the global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced football culture, design, fashion and technology.
With well over 200 shirts on display, STRIP! is the largest curated exhibition of football shirts ever assembled in this country.
It will examine how football shirts have developed from mere kit to genuine objects of desire, looking at the design of the football shirt, from the functional to the aesthetic, influential designers and manufacturers and the rise of the football hipster, as well as detailing iconic shirts and shirt disasters.
Shirts from the museum’s own collection will be on display, alongside loans from kit manufacturers including Adidas, Admiral, Hummel and Umbro, specialist collectors and enthusiasts and football clubs. It will also feature interviews with designers including Jürgen Rank, Senior Design Director at Adidas (who is overseeing the design of their Euro 2020 range) and Bert Patrick, formerly of Admiral and credited in 1974 with pioneering the replica shirt industry with the first commercially available England shirt.