A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
September 13, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Seventh Ave. at 27th St. (7 Av/27 St)
Manhattan, NY 10001
There's no denying the tremendous impact gay male designers have had on the fashion industry. Yves Saint Laurent gave the world Le Smoking suit (the first women's tux); Cristóbal Balenciaga created the baby doll dress; and Alexander McQueen's avant-garde designs and exotic runway shows have inspired a slew of would-be designers. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk explores the contributions gay fashion designers have made to the industry. The exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces, displayed in chronological order, that focus on subjects including androgyny, idealism and styles that might be considered socially unacceptable.
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