Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Article Find: A Queer History of Fashion

Hey guys! I stumbled upon a VERY interesting article today and wanted to share it with you. Now, it's no surprise that some of the most prominent designers in the industry are gay designers, but how much of an impact does that make for other designers trying to get into the industry? Let's look more into the article!

It appears that lesser known, female designers feel intimidated by the stigma that "gay men make better clothes". I personally can see where they are coming from, because of the success of some of the more known gay designers; however, there should ALWAYS be a level of confidence (and cockiness) that should come with being a designer. 

While there are no real statistics on the success of gay designers versus straight designers, there is now an art exhibit created to pay homage to the influence of the LGBT community in the fashion industry. It seems very interesting and sheds light on just how much influence the LGBT community has in the industry.

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk” is an exhibit on how the look of fashion has changed with the work gay men and lesbians in the industry. It will be running from September 13, 2013 and will last until February 4, 2014. The exhibition begins in the 18th century, when both men and women dressed to reflect their place in society. The Washington Post goes on to report:

"The exhibition’s most poignant moment — and certainly its ripped-from-the-headlines one — is when it acknowledges the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act. Two understated business suits — one in midnight blue, the other in a slightly lighter shade of navy — represent this summer’s upending of DOMA by the Supreme Court. The suits are the wedding ensembles worn by Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and his husband, Jay Inkpen, a freelance producer. The two men were married Dec. 27, 2012, at New York’s City Hall — a fact that Kolb tweeted to the world."

I, for one, would LOVE to visit this exhibit! I think it is important to see fashion evolve, but again, be confident and don't let stigmas deter you from getting your fashions out there and into the industry! 

There is a lot to this article and it was definitely a good read! Take a moment and check it out in full here.  Don't forget to let me know how you feel about this too!

Stay Fab! <3

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