Admiral and the Aesthetic Merit of Design

Groves, Andrew 2024. Admiral and the Aesthetic Merit of Design. in: MacDonald, R. (ed.) Admiral: 50 Years of the Replica Shirt Glasgow Halcyon Publishing.

Chapter titleAdmiral and the Aesthetic Merit of Design
AuthorsGroves, Andrew
EditorsMacDonald, R.
Abstract

In the 1973-74 season, pioneering sportswear brand Admiral changed the British football landscape forever with the introduction and sale of the first-ever replica shirt. The move sparked an explosion in football design, manufacturing and culture from the early 1970s through to the present day, a journey that in 2024 has been chronicled in a commemorative, coffee table-style book, which goes on sale today. Blending newly commissioned photography with archive images, original design sketches and contributions from collectors, presented with Glory's hallmark approach to design, the book will also feature: - longer-form essays on notable kits and their context from some of football's best writers, including Harry Pearson, Rob Bagchi, Daniel Gray, Ian King, Andi Thomas and Ian Plenderleith; - contributions from famous fans including Maisie Adam, Mark & Paul Watson, James Brown and Guy Mowbray; - academic insight into the design, manufacturing and socially pioneering nature of shirts from Professors Jean Williams and Andrew Groves; - recollections from players and managers who have worn them, including Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer Sue Smith, Peter Shilton, Roy Hodgson, Viv Anderson, Mark Hateley, and many more; and - a comprehensive illustrated Admiral kit directory by designer John Devlin

Keywordssportswear
menswear
design
football
Book titleAdmiral: 50 Years of the Replica Shirt
Year2024
PublisherHalcyon Publishing
Publication dates
Published13 Jun 2024
Place of publicationGlasgow
ISBN1919624090
9781919624099

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