October 14, 2013

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

Marlene Dietrich's tuxedo in "Morocco" has caused quite a stir in Hollywood and across the art community, as one of the first women in film and in real life to prefer trousers to the conventional women style of skirts and dresses. Dietrich's tuxedo later inspired Yves Saint Lauren to design his Le Smoking collection.
The current exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk" explores the LGBTQ community contribution to fashion from the 18th-century England to the present-day America. It is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ individuals over the past 300 years. 

Long before the macho street style of Castro district in San Francisco came about, there were Molly and Garçonne gay fashion styles that were the first fashion trends among the members of the 18th and 19th Century of LGBTQ community.

Click here to read more about this fascinating exhibition.

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