At last!! After a long wait muslin shirts are finally back at World’s End. Recreated from the original design first made for Punks in 1977 & sold in Seditionaries, the 100% cotton shirt was based on the design of a straightjacket having extra long sleeves with clips & D rings on them which could be pulled around to the back of the wearer & fastened, so restraining them. Alternately the sleeves could be joined at the front of the wearer like handcuffs or else (more practically) the clips can be used to make the sleeves shorter.
When first produced the shirts had two main prints on them, ‘God Save the Queen’ (picture of Queen with safety pin through her lip) & the infamous ‘Destroy’ (Swastika, Jesus upside down on the cross with his penis drawn back in), but for the present version the shirt has the ‘Cockroach Propaganda’ print from the ‘Active Resistance’ (AR) show in s/s2006. This print attacks the present widely held belief that personal ‘progress’ is gauged by how much one can ‘consume’ (how big is your house, how fast is your car, how big is your wardrobe , how much money have you to spend, etc) & has the words ‘With so much competition, brand names must spend more time than ever to make sure their pitch screeches so loud it can be heard over all the others ‘Consumers are like roaches- you spray them & spray them but they get immune after a while’’.
The cloth muslin was originally imported from Dhaka in the 17th century. Being so loosely woven it was an ideal cloth for hot climates as the air can easily pass through it. It became very popular in France in the 18th century & I am including a picture of Marie Antoinette wearing a muslin dress. Also muslin is useful as a filter i.e. to separate the curds from the whey in cheese making & as a gauze dressing for wounds.
……So, perfect for the hot weather we have just been having & also for the state of continual social bondage we are always in, get your shirt & tie yourself up. Have Fun