Stay Alive in 85

Stay Alive in 85

Katharine Hamnett was one of the most well known designers of the 1980s. She pioneered the vogue for stylish, casual clothing made in crumpled cottons, parachute silks and stonewashed and stretch denim. Her designs were often based on utilitarian boiler suits and army fatigues.

In 1984, Hamnett caused a sensation at a fashion reception hosted by Margaret Thatcher by wearing a T-shirt that read, '58% Don’t Want Pershing'. Hamnett was protesting against the controversial siting of US Pershing missiles in the UK. Her T-shirts were a platform for her anti-war and Green politics.

Stay Alive in 85
Designed by Katherine Hamnett
Silk T-shirt
1984
Museum no. T.239-1992
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London