Josephine Organic Cotton Tee

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Josephine Organic Cotton Tee

65.00

J O S E P H I N E B A K E R - (1906-1975)

Her story:

“Americans, the eyes of the world are upon you. How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your coloured brothers as you do?”

Josephine Baker was a black American singer and dancer, who became a huge star during the 1920’s. From growing up in poverty and learning how to dance, she built her career from Broadway to France, making a huge impression on European audiences and cementing herself as a cultural icon. During the peak of her career, she received more than 1000 marriage proposals and was given nicknames such as ‘Black Venus’ and ‘Black Pearl’. During WW2, she worked for the French Resistance, smuggling messages in her sheet music and underwear, worked for the Red Cross and performed for troops in Africa and the Middle East. She later lent her efforts to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s, campaigning against racial segregation. She died in 1975 surrounded by rave reviews of her recent performance with a royal and celebrity studded audience and was the first American woman in history to be awarded with French military honours, with 20,000 mourners lining the streets of Paris.

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Hand illustrated, hand painted using specialist textile paints and expertly hand embroidered and embellished using the finest quality cotton floss and glass beads. This piece perfectly bridges art, fashion and craftsmanship, creating detailed and original portraits onto quality organic cotton t-shirts. Classic unisex fit that is universally flattering and easy to style.

As each item is made to order, please allow up to 15 working days for your limited edition t-shirt. If you have opted to have your item posted, I will send you a notification with your tracking number once it has been dispatched.

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