The graphic tee transitioned from underwear to outerwear fashion almost 100 years ago as a way to embrace the spirit of America. First being recognized on television in 1939 as the tee appeared on workers stuffing the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. In 1951 Marlon Brando rocked the tee in A Street Car Named Desire, which opened the doors for a larger market.
In the 60’s the Beattle’s rocked their tees and 70’s bands used tees for recognition. As the new millennium began to unroll, graphic tees were found in the attics and closets of family members as well as flea markets. The look of the tee was often stone washed, crackled, or burnout creating a worn look onto new garments. The graphic tee has now become the daily uniform and a silent voice to view as a statement in a most wardrobes.
- 9 in every 10 Americans own at least one T-shirt that they refuse to throw away because of the emotional attachment.
- 89% of Americans once a week wear a T-shirt.
- 95% percent of Americans wear T-shirt.
- The most popular T-shirts are screen printing, airbrush, appliqués, tie dye, heated vinyl, embroidery and expressive messages.
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