Don We Now Our Gay Apparel
Gay Men's Dress in the Twentieth Century
By (author) Shaun Cole
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Don We Now Our Gay Apparel by Shaun Cole
Book DescriptionGay style actually sets trends. Its what straight people take fashion from. Tony WoodcockFrom the New Edwardians and muscle boys to Radical Drag and Genderfuck, gay mens dress has had a profound impact on fashion. However, it is easy to forget that, with few exceptions, gay men earlier in the century took great pains to conceal their sexual identity. Men such as Quentin Crisp, while highly influential, were far from the norm. Most gay men resorted to a number of subtle dress codes to identify themselves to other gay men -- from Oscar Wildes famous green carnation, which was still being worn in the 1930s, through to suede shoes. Beginning with a look at the subcultural world of gay men in the early part of this century -- particularly in New York and London -- this fascinating book analyzes the trends in dress adopted by gay men as well as the challenge gay style has made to mainstream mens fashion. The importance of dress choice to the formation of sexual identity is highlighted, as is gay influence on punk and the fashion industry as a whole. The rise of new dress choices in the wake of gay liberation is analyzed with particular emphasis on the masculinization of gay dress. The importance of the body to gay culture is addressed, from the physique magazines of the 1950s, through to tattooing and body piercing, and their origins in the SM scene.Anyone interested in gay culture or the history of dress will find this book to be essential reading.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859734209
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shaun Cole
Story of Underwear, Hardback (March 2010)
Featuring two separate works on male and female underwear, this study is full of surprises and powerful reflections on man's relationship with his body, and woman's with hers.
Dialogue, Paperback (October 2005)» View all books by Shaun Cole
One in the V&A Contemporary 'Kultureflash' series, this title provides an insight into the practice of graphic design in today's global culture.
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Author Biography - Shaun Cole
Shaun Cole is Curator of Design, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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