A Queer History of Fashion at FIT Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier, shirred orange velvet dress with cone bust, 1984, France. Museum purchase, P92.8.1.

Jean Paul Gaultier, shirred orange velvet dress with cone bust, 1984, France. Museum purchase, P92.8.1.

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk is now open at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City. It is the first exhibit to focus solely on clothing by designers who identify as LGBTQ. Nearly 100 pieces from the 18th-21st centuries are on the floor, showcasing the themes and styles that these designers have contributed to the fashion world.

“This is about honoring the gay and lesbian designers of the past and present,” states Fred Dennis, a curator, on the exhibit’s website. “By acknowledging their contributions to fashion, we want to encourage people to embrace diversity.”

The exhibit continues through January 4, 2014. More photos and details are available via Facebook.

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