France Kit Design History

Sportswear designer Emre Gultekin has provided several football kit histories, and world champions France were bound to feature at some point.

Now here, the beautiful retrospective covers Les Bleus’ shirts, shorts and socks going back to 1900 - four years before the official history of the national team begins - and taking in everything prior to the recently released Qatar 2022 World Cup kits.

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Starting with intersecting rings as the identifying mark - it wasn’t too long before the famous cockerel took over that duty - the compilation takes in the changes in styles of the 20th century, including the deep Tricolore’d v-neck of the 1960s, adidas’s flaunting of their branding in the 1970s and at least two iconic shirts of the ’80s.

That decade brought the first European Championship triumph, with a lookalike design being worn for the first World Cup win in 1998, while the last twenty years has seen Teamgeist and Techfit releases as well as the decamping to Nike.

And the US supplier is now a major part of the FFF representative side’s story, not least through the risky choice of a “mariniere” shirt early on - it paid off - and the mundial success four years ago. The French are supposed to look stylish, and their technical partners, judging from Emre’s gorgeous cataloguing, haven’t let them down.

Visit Behance to view more of Emre's work. Keep up to date with it by following egsportsdesign on Instagram.

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