Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk, A edited by Valerie Steele
This book transforms our understanding of fashion history by acknowledging the historic contributions of LGBTQ people, examining both high fashion and street style as sites of gay cultural production, and demonstrating the centrality of gay culture to the creation of modern fashion. It features contributions by some of the world's most acclaimed scholars of gay history and fashion. They trace the archeology of queer attire back to the homosexual underworld of eighteenth-century Europe, explore the context in which designers' lives and works form part of a broader gay history, and demonstrate the influence of gay and lesbian subcultural styles.