Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

1983

  • Work on this object began.

2020

Hat, Surrounded Islands, 1983

This is a Hat. It was designed by Willi Smith and made for WilliWear Productions.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Vasari Project as part of Willi Smith: Street Couture.

It is dated 1983. Its medium is cotton. It is a part of the department.


Designing the T-shirts for Surrounded Islands inspired Smith and Mallet to pursue more opportunities to bring art into everyday life. The artist T-shirt project they launched in 1984 made the work of contemporary artists affordable to the general public.

It is credited Courtesy of The Vasari Project, Special Collections & Archives, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, FL.

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