if you’ve seen that awesome ‘the future is female’ t-shirt, you may have wondered, as I have, where it came from (and where to buy it). turns out the original t-shirt design was made in the 1970s for an nyc women’s book shop called labyris books.
last year a photo of the t-shirt (worn by alix dobkin and taken by her then-girlfriend, liza cowan) was posted on h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y’s instagram account and rachel berks, an l.a designer who runs otherwild, saw the picture and recreated the shirt. she told the new york times, ‘the shirt is about a reaction to a misogynist and patriarchal culture that affects a lot of people’.
since then, celebs like cara delevigne, musician annie clark (st. vincent) and ariana grande have been seen wearing it (althought not without controversy).
as well as appearing in dozens of beautiful selfies, artwork has been created featuring the shirt like this sketch by artist jenny williams on what my daughter wore, and the quiet creature print by artist jane beaird (top).