Celebrating Queer Fashion Through The Years..

Celebrating Queer Fashion Through The Years..

FSOG is celebrating Pride Month. And we are excited to talk about Queer Fashion! Fashion has been changing through several years now.

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Queer History of Fashion:

Going back to history, queer fashion existed for decades.

The 1700s:

Homosexuality was illegal in Europe. This led to the emergence of small and secret homosexual subcultures. Its members, known as mollies, would cross-dress in private to self-identify and attract partners.

Although, in public, there were secret dress codes. This allowed gay men and lesbians to identify each other.

The 80’s:

One of the century’s most influential writers, Oscar Wilde. His flamboyant sense of style was as much of an influence as his seminal works.

His flowing hair, floral accessories, loosely tied collars, breeches, and fur-trimmed overcoats spoke of his self-expression of dandyism, evolving with his personal and public image.

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The 1930’s:

As closeted gay couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, and Cristobal Balenciaga rose in the fashion industry, they experimented with both idealized and transgressive styles.

For example, Dior’s 1947 “New Look” was an exaggerated presentation of the idealized female form.

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The 1950’s:

Women increasingly began to wear trousers, traditionally worn by men. Until the 1970s, the trouser also served as an identifier for lesbians, though not everyone adopted it.

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The 1980’s:

The AIDS crisis changed the way gay men consumed fashion, swapping hypermasculinity for subversive styles.

Lesbians gradually shed their “butch” and “femme” binaries for new ways of dressing, influenced by different cultures.

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The 1990’s:

Queer fashion extended its influence on the runway, especially when it came to subjects perceived as social taboos.

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who had created his campy cone-bustier dress in 1984, went on to make skirts for men. Gianni Versace explored BDSM in his 1992 collection, Miss S&M.

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2000 Onwards:

The new millennium looks beyond gender binaries. Principles of diversity and inclusivity have redefined LGBTQ+ style while also changing the contours of mainstream fashion.

The idea of genderless clothing has prospered, starting with designers like Rick Owens, who has implemented it in his brand since 2002.

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From the Closet to the Catwalk, it shines a fascinating historical perspective on LGBTQ fashion over the past 300 years.

Queer style is more than just a trend. It is a social revolution, one of the strongest yet very silent kinds of protest but kind of protest for being the person you want to be.

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As the Supreme Court of India, has decriminalised homosexuality in a landmark judgement, we raise a toast to rise of genderless fashion.

Fashion with a queer aesthetic is still an emerging concept in India. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that LGBTQ+ influences were seen on the runway and in the work of homegrown designers.

Indian and as well as global designers are representing genderless fashion at the runway every year now. Genderless fashion is growing at a faster rate in the industry today.

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After the Supreme Court decriminalized Section 377, the FDCI’s Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (LMIFW) paid tribute to the queer community during the finale of its Spring/Summer 2019 edition. Over 40 designers created outfits inspired by the pride flag.

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Indian Designers:

Manish Arora’s psychedelic aesthetic has consistently carried queer undertones, with splashes of neon colors and whimsical patterns.

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Manish Arora marked his 10th anniversary and there was no stopping him. At Paris Fashion Week, the maverick minstrel went all out—adopting a take-no-prisoners approach to prints and embellishments.

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Clashing sublime with ridiculous, mundane with avant-garde and kitschy with kink and the result is trippy always.

Churning out a sassy, crazy, goofball mix of creations seasons after season, thus marrying commercial and creative appeals has been his forte.

Rohit Bal’s 2003 Lakme Fashion Week Show had male models in skirts sporting sindoor (vermillion) and nose rings, an indication of men being in touch with their feminine side.

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Other Indian brands like “Bye Felicia” by Sohaya Misra for her label named Chola showcased genderless fashion at Lakme fashion week. Her message is everyone must have the strength when it is a question of coming out fashionably. The show aimed at breaking the stereotypes of fashion.

We saw men dressing up in plunging necklines, frilly outfits, and bold red lip colors.

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Queer Fashion is about gender nonconformity and it does not limit a person to a particular style rule. Also, queer fashion has no rule, it is a lenient way of expressing oneself. It is about people expressing themselves in a unique way and having fun with whatever they wear.

A strong trend of queerness running through the Indian Fashion industry today.  Consequently,  the designers are working towards genderless fashion including many homegrown as well as international brands.

Finally, to all the Queer people out there, celebrate Pride and be as stylish as you can and make a fashion statement every time you head out!! Cheers!!!

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