Trashed American Flag Tank Top Sells For $1,500

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Old Glory is getting a new look that some critics say is anything but patriotic.

The trendy item — complete with with holes resembling cigarette burns and safety pins holding together the frayed openings along the sides — is fetching upwards of $1,500 this spring after its debut from French design firm Balmain.

Celebrities like Kate Bosworth and Ke$ha have been spotted wearing knockoffs of the original at the recent Coachella music festival in Indio, but critics say the shirt is disrespectful and in plain old bad taste.

Fashion expert Alexander Allen tells KFWB 980’s Maggie McKay those criticisms are unfounded.

“I think those are people who are a little too sensitive and thinking too hard about it,” Allen said. “It’s nothing against America…this is fashion, and in fashion it’s all about escapism.”

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The controversial tank top is still sold out on most web sites. (credit:

Balmain is no stranger to stirring controversy: last spring the design house released a ripped-up T-shirt for a staggering $1,625 that ended up being one of its biggest sellers.

So we know some forward fashionistas will take the risk of wearing a replica of a desecrated flag, but is it illegal?

Not according to federal law.

The U.S. Flag Code states that the flag should never be worn as an article of clothing, but only if the garment is originally made from an actual U.S. flag.

  • TT

    Sounds like the last sentence of this article answered any question of this t-shirts classification.

  • Shirley

    I think it shows disrespect. I know a lot of military men who are angered when the see this type of ‘fashion’. they wonder why they put their life on the line for fellow Americans who have not pride/respect.

    • TT

      I think it is VERY disrespectful … I know its only a T-shirt ,,,But this is our National Symbol of Pride which was originally sown by hand by someone that cared about our soldiers and our country…it meant something … To take away from that alone…. just isnt right ….

  • bdj

    What I find tragic is that people are willing to pay that outrageous price for clothing.

  • ArmyStud

    I would Def Buy one… I think its cool looking

    Plus I served 88 to 97 U.S. Army Infantry

    so I dont have any problems with it at all….

  • Jayne Lynn Goss

    The same fools who would buy this Tee are the same ones that wear a Che tee. The fact that he was a mass murderer dosen’t seem to matter.

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