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  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (made)

  • Date:

    1995-1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tam, Vivienne (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This t-shirt, one of many in the V&A’s collection, was designed by Chinese-born Vivienne Tam. It shows an image of Chairman Mao, leader of the People's Republic of China from 1949 until his death in 1976. After his death, Mao became a pop icon and his face was used by artists and designers, both in China and elsewhere.

This garment depicts Mao in pigtails and sporting a red AIDS awareness ribbon. The T-shirts, together with suits, dresses and coats also with Mao designs, were part of the designer’s 1998 collection.

Physical description

White knit cotton T-shirt printed with a re-worked portrait of Chairman Mao. Mao is shown in pigtails and wearing a red AIDS ribbon. The shirt has a round neck and short sleeves.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (made)


1995-1998 (made)


Tam, Vivienne (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed cotton


Length: 67 cm

Object history note

See FE.43-1998

Descriptive line

Printed knit cotton T-shirt, designed by Vivienne Tam, 1995-1998

Subjects depicted



Clothing; Caricatures & Cartoons; Fashion; Politics; Textiles


East Asia Collection

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