A Queer History of Fashion: From The Closet To The Catwalk

It has been a while and only because Alex and I made a trip to New York last month for a little bit of everything; fashion week, work and leisure. Needless to say, we needed some time to recover.

We made a trip to The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology where they were showing A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk, the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years. Although I wished the displays were more spaced out, I was very impressed by the selection of garments. If only we won’t rushing off to our next appointment!

Fred Dennis, senior curator of costume, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, worked on the exhibition for 2 years. There are about 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles (l loved those!) to 21st-century high fashion. I also love that the exhibition concludes with a section on gay wedding fashions to address the issues of gay rights and marriage equality.

Dennis explained, “This is about honouring the gay and lesbian designers of the past and present. By acknowledging their contributions to fashion, we want to encourage people to embrace diversity.”

Gay Pride “Kings and Queens 3,” 1989.

Dazed Digital did a great interview with Valerie Steele. Read it here.

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk is on show at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York. Catch it before it ends on 4 January 2014. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 pm; Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Admission is free.

x Sybil

(Image from Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology)

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