T-shirt

Designer: Attributed to Vivienne Westwood (British, born 1941)

Designer: Attributed to Malcolm McLaren (British, London 1946–2010 Switzerland)

Date: 1976–80

Culture: British

Medium: cotton

Dimensions: Length at CB: 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Barbara and Gregory Reynolds, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.375.13

Description

This version of what is known as the "Cambridge Rapist" T-shirt lacks the text and may have been a concession to the controversy that the original version elicited. Depicting the masked image against a distressed English flag is an overt representation of punk's anti-establishment message.

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