‘From the Closet to the Catwalk’: Queer fashion history to be exhibited at FIT

Queer fashion NYC pride 1989 (Photo: Joyce Culver)

(Photo: Joyce Culver)

BY MARCIE BIANCO
AfterEllen

The day after Lincoln Center brings Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to a close, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City opens its doors to “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk,” September 13, 2013, through January 4, 2014. Not surprisingly, the exhibit is focused on transgressive menswear and the contributions of male designers–Dior, Perry Ellis, Halston, Balenciaga, McQueen–to the fashion industry and LGBTQ culture. Menswear, of course, has been worn most transgressively by female bodies; Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, noted as the inspiration for Marlene Dietrich’s famous tuxedo look, is included in the exhibit.

For more information on the exhibit as well as information about how to register for the symposium, see www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

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