Among all the icons remembered for wearing this garment we recall the French Queen Marie Antoinette, whom, towards the end of his reign, devoted herself to a more simple and bucolic lifestyle.
Firstlady Jackie O. also made it one of her style signature: during informal events she usually wore capri pants, flat sandals and a white shirt completed a look that’s still up-to-date.
But, of all the images in the white shirt history, Patti Smith’s bw portrait shot by Robert Mapplethorpe for her first album “Horses”, is legendary.
Patti became an androgyne icon, the abum took off, while the white shirt, worn in this masculine way, became a must.
Designer Gianfranco Ferré turned this garment into the symbol of his fashion house. He designed it in more than a thousand ways, making it feminine with skilful cuts, embellishing it with pleats, rich collars and cuffs, and decorating it with lace and ruffles.
Nowadays it’s almost like a second skin for many: classic cut, deconstructed, with or without collar, with long or short sleeves, plain or printed!
1. Vogue US editorial, ph. Peter Lindberg, 1990
2. Stella McCartney “Wilson” cat print shirt
3. “Horses” by Patti Smith, ph. by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1975
4. total look J.W.Anderson fall winter 2016
5. detail Preen by Thornton Bregazzi fall winter 2016
6. ,”Marie Antoinette in a Muslin Dress”, by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, 1783
7. ph. by Peter Lindbergh, 1987
8. J.F.K. and Jackie go sailing, ph. by Hy Peskin, 1953
9. Carolina Herrera, “pussy” bow blouse
10. totale look Eudon Choi fall winter 2016
11. Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction