The white tee shirt represents a consumer good whose value, meaning, and production are highly variable and oftentimes highly suspect. Of all the fashion pieces to serve as an emblem of late capitalist consumer culture, why did VAULTE X-XII choose the white tee? Fashion researcher and curator Joelle Firzli of Tribute will lead a lecture and conversation surrounding this controversial piece, tracing its origins through the 20th century—from workwear to cultural signifier.
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About vAULTE X-XII
VAULTE X-XII is a conceptual project by Composite Co. that takes the form of a hype fashion brand, pop-up shop, publication, and event series to examine branding’s role in glamorizing the consumption of otherwise uninteresting products. For more information, subscribe for updates at www.vaulte.co/ and follow along on Instagram @vaulte.xxii
This project has been sponsored by the Kraft Initiative, HapstakDemetriou+, and Dhruva Rajendra, with in-kind support from JBG Smith, freedom, and Design Within Reach. WPA is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sunday, March 17, 5-7pm