Feminism through fashion: what queer t-shirts from the past 30 years can tell us about feminism today

Gathered from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, these feminist punk t-shirts are loud and proud.

Last weekend Between Bridges, a non-profit exhibition space in Berlin, held an exhibition showcasing a glimpse of feminist history through film and apparel. In particular, Lizzie Borden’s 1983 film Born in Flames was celebrated for its progressive discourse.

As an introduction to the show, a photographic collection of queer t-shirts was showcased by visual artist Becca Albee and the creator of @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y.


Although some of these historic queer t-shirts are wild and humorous, they add a crucial aspect to feminist history and discourse.

According to the exhibition’s release, ‘Born in Flames by Lizzie Borden remains as relevant today as it was when it first came out in 1983.’

The science-fiction film depicts the dystopic aftermath of a social revolution which inflicts society with social injustice, police brutality and discrimination, particularly against women.

Albee’s personal connection to Born in Flames allowed her to discuss her own encounters with feminism and punk in the 1990’s.

To her, Born in Flames was a source of influence in the context of feminist discourse, collaboration, non-traditional education, riot grrrl emergence, and activism.”

See a few examples of the shirts shown in the exhbition below:




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