The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) spends from 13 September 2013 to January 4, 2014, a large retrospective to the influence of gay and lesbians community fashionable XVIII th century until the XXI th century, through a hundred complete outfits. The program title is: A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk (A gay fashion history: the closet in the parade).
Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Munroe, Alexander McQueen, Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Cristobal Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, John Galliano ... A whole international couture designers that emanates from gay women s' struggling.
Can a man become a stylist without being gay? That is not the question (is) poses Expo New York, but the answers are provided as if the question was asked. The real question is twofold: how the LGBT community have influenced (the story of) fashion history and how she influenced the styling (gay and lesbian)?
Regarding the second question, there is little doubt that XX th century the impact of AIDS has greatly exceeded that of the Spanish flu, as well as the consequences of Stonewall (1969) were incommensurate with those of Chicago (1919 ).
Between identification and claim the community has highlighted symbols as diverse as red tie "fin de siècle" (also popular with socialists of the time, hinge between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries) or harness leather in the years 1970-1980.
The curators of the exhibition, Fred Dennis and Valerie Steele, insist that the retrospective focuses on the corpus stylistic LGBTQ:'s gay and lesbian but bisexual, trans and queer. Modes of expression and subcultures most characteristic clothing, for example dandyism and androgyny, uniforms and leather, drag or street style, are also discussed through the scenography more or less chronologically from architect Joel Sanders.
The exhibition will shortly have a website and a specific book. A symposium was also announced for the 8 and 9 November 2013.
Also in New York, it should be noted that the Brooklyn Museum is devoting an exhibition to Jean Paul Gaultier, October 25, 2013 to February 23, 2014. More reason to go for a ride in the American metropolis.
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