new york: a queer history of fashion

© f.i.t. - exhibition setting

if you think that the way you dress defines who you are, this interesting show at the museum at f.i.t. in new york city may want you to reconsider. simply dubbed a queer history of fashion, it explores the undeniable gay element in fashion - read: the many contributions of the lgbt community - over the past 300 years, and how it has influenced much of the way we dress today. from cristóbal balenciaga and christian dior to yves saint laurent and alexander mcqueen, many of the greatest fashion designers of the past century have been gay. the exhibition delves into the history of modern fashion through the lens of gay and lesbian life and culture, addressing subjects including androgyny, dandyism, idealizing and transgressive aesthetic styles, and the influence of subcultural and street styles, including drag, leather and uniforms. it'll also he exhibition will trace how the gay vernacular styles changed after the stonewall riots in 1969, and how it became increasingly butch. lesbian style also evolved, moving from the butch-femme paradigm toward an androgynous, anti-fashion look, which was, in turn, followed by various diversified styles that often referenced subcultures like punk. on display are around 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion [on through jan 4]. location: the museum at f.i.t., 227 west 27th street [chelsea].

© f.i.t. /  john bartlett leather ensemble [top] and riding costume for l'aigle à deux têtes film [bottom]