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Strip! How football got shirty Calendar

22 November 2019 - 31 December 2020


What really makes a good football shirt?

Strip! How football got shirty examines the very fibres of shirt fashion, design and technology through the ages, from the heavy woollen jerseys of the Victorian era to the heavily branded polyester of today.

Strip! captures the growth of the football shirt phenomenon, charting the replica boom and the bold designs that followed, right through to the high-tech advancements and retro reappraisals.

The accounts of designers, manufacturers, artists and experts are woven throughout the exhibition, but nothing tells the story better than the shirts themselves. Over 200 jerseys will be on display in the Score Gallery, featuring bona fide classics, unexpected game-changers and some spectacular own goals.

Have your say in our Icons display, showcasing the top 20 shirts ever created, and pass judgement on the disasters which have made it into our Hall of Shame.

This is kit culture like you’ve never seen it before. This is how football got shirty.

Strip! Online

You can now learn more about the history of the football shirt from the comfort of your home.

Visit our brand-new-with-tags website, Strip! How Football Got Shirty, and learn more about the evolution of kit design and manufacturing and the inspiration behind groundbreaking jerseys. Hear from some of the star players behind the shirts, including designers, academics and avid collectors, and have your say in the greatest shirt of all time in our Icons poll.

Strip! isn't just for adults: it comes in junior sizes, too. Keep the kids entertained during lockdown with quizzes, wordsearches and puzzles in our Strip! workbook. Make your own origami shirts, featuring some of the most iconic patterns to grace the world stage, and design your very own perfect football kits with our downloadable templates!

Click here to visit Strip! Online