A Queer History of Fashion

The gay community continued to be trendsetters even after the 1930s. According to an FIT Documentary, gay men are masters at fashion because they usually have experience in disguises and self-presentation. As the gay community started to rebel against society and claim their identity in the 1970’s the rest of the world followed. Styles turned away from the elite elegance of the 1930s.

The post war period became a gay witch-hunt. The LBGTQ community turned toward outward masculinity and an anti-fashion punk look that influenced the rest of the fashion world. The world moved away from capitalism to rock and roll.

Crisis struck the gay community during the aids epidemic. The fashion world was losing gay fashion designers and models left and right. The clothes of the 1980s was a way for the gay community to take a stand against the catastrophe that they were getting blamed for.

T-shirts that promoted safe sex used sexual images. The S&M mood of the era actually empowered men and women of the LBGTQ community. It appeared that they were being objectified, but they loved it. Sex in clothes increased in the 90s when Donna Karen started creating clothes based on the way they felt on the body. Clothes became and continue to be more sensual than they have ever been.


Video By: Alexa Renfroe and Kaia Evans

Article By: Alexa Renfroe

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