The White Shirt: the sensuality issue 1-5

The White Shirt: the sensuality issue 1-5 shot and drafted to IG March 26 through 30

The Bulk of Lenses

Based on the story „ Jacke wie Hose, Sex in Baumwollform“ Dirk Peitz wrote for ZeitMagazin 27 12 20126.


„The ideal shirt can only be white. You can look at the white shirt as a metaphor, and not just because someday we’ll be buried wearing one.“

Button down rounded club collar white Oxford shirt from groveandco with Bencini Comet II from 1951.






„The ideal shirt can only be white. There are many obvious reasons for this: It opens endless possibilties to be combied with, perfect on every occasion. The wearer accentuates a sort of righteousness, cleanliness, sovereignty, trustworthiness. And it covers the wearer also with a special kind of innocence.“

Rounded club collar antique white brushed cotton shirt from Salvatore Piccolo Napoli Heritage Collection with Polaroid Image Spectra from 1980.




„ The ideal shirt can only be white. The white shirt promises us more then other garments, it could be also a camouflage, or it’s just a diversion to hide a secret. ..“

Button down collar white plain weave Oxford shirt with Bauer C104XL Super 8 camera from 1980.






„ The ideal shirt can only be white. When it’s too slim it’s just a losing game, a futile attempt. The ideal shirt is made from Oxford cloth, from cotton, where the warp and the weft (Kett- und Schussfäden) are tightly interwoven.“

Collarless white plain weave Oxford shirt from Radiac under CC41 regimen with Revueflex TL25 from 1983.





„ The ideal shirt can only be white. When Ryan Gosling in „The Big Short“ says “That’s a nice shirt, do they make it for men?”, he’s perfectly right: wearing shirts that are too tight is just a losing game, except you purposely want to look like a kid in a second skin.“

Spearpoint Collar white plain Weave Oxford shirt with Agfa Anastigmat jgestar f 8.8 from 1930.



A Side note on Collar styles:

Button down collar: Brooks Brothers (after the Polo Shirt worn in England), Sport influenced, associated with the Ivy League look.

Regular straight-point collar.

The Pin Collar: straight point worn with a pin that goes through the collar.

The Windsor Collar: 1930is, Duke of Windsor to accommodate for a larger knotted necktie.

English spread collar: attributed to the brother of the Duke of Windsor, the Duke of Kent, less spread than the Windsor, but sits farther up on the neck

The tab collar: Duke of Windsor, similar to the Pin collar, the only difference ist that the collar is hold together with tabs under the necktie.

The rounded or club collar: English school boys attending Eton, then in the 1920is Ivy League.


As usual the style is very personal and the choice of garments is as always made in and sourced from manufacturers of small batches, locally worked on, made in Italy, or on occasion from my personal archive of vintage garments.


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