Favorite Shirts – call for submissions

Do you have a favorite shirt you’ve been keeping for far too long? A shirt that’s too damaged to donate, too worn to keep wearing, yet too cherished to be thrown away? Give it a proper send-off and donate it to FICTILIS!

The Museum of Favorite Shirts is a new collection project by FICTILIS. Each shirt we acquire will be treated with the utmost care and respect while it is photographed, catalogued, and ceremonially folded for safe, long-term storage. For each shirt we receive, we will give you an official Certificate of Induction. Shirts received by October 1st will be included in the Seattle CityArts Fest Happy Hour event on October 19th, 2012. Select shirts will be posted on our site (currently under construction) and/or displayed in future traveling exhibitions.

Send your shirt by October 15th 2012 to:

Museum of Favorite Shirts
c/o Rani Ban
823 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98107

Please include the following information:


  • Your name
  • Your email address


  • Shirt name (if any)
  • Style of shirt
  • Size
  • Material(s)
  • Period (when created or purchased)
  • Color
  • Pattern
  • Distinguishing characteristics
  • Years owned/worn
  • Story (optional, a short paragraph about the shirt)

What kind of shirt?

We want shirts with stories. Weathered, travelled, battle-scarred shirts. Shirts that were loved and well-loved, and not just worn, but well-worn: worn in, worn down, worn up, and worn out. Faded, stained, stretched, torn, or threadbare shirts. Gone from thick to thin by having gone through thick and thin with you. Used – heavily – far past their useful lives. Shirts that have done their duty, gone above and beyond it, and so deserve to be properly retired.

But really, any shirt will do, as long as it was once your Favorite Shirt.