Fashions Queerama History – LGBTQ+🏳️🌈and Fashion
Recently LGBTQ+ has been a hot topic for this month, even more so then the past few years. Lets Dissect.
Lets just start with some recent events ; Alexander Wang created his ingenious “safe sex” campaign with Trojan condoms asking you to “#ProtectYourWang” at this year’s NYC Pride parade where the designer rode through the festival on a “cucumber” shaped float that featured stripper poles, DJ booths, the #WangSquad and more more more.Princess Nokia
On a music entertainment level, Destiny Frasqueri, aka Princess Nokia isn’t someone who needs an introduction. She identifies as raw tomboy, a classic New York Harlem based rapper, a feminist, a queer woman who isn’t burdened, but empowered by nature, the 92’ baby being a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and diversity of races is extremely raw in her lyrics and brings this “taboo” like rawness and truth we need to the table.Sex app Grindr on the other hand recently launched its own online magazine showcasing events impacting the LGBTQ+ world every day in order to position itself as a lifestyle rather than simple hook up place, we’ve also got their crazy “HARD” Gaymojis that made a big stir recently, where they were kinda forced to take down their golden T emoji (a slang reference to crystal meth).
Indeed, with LGBTQ+ community being a center focus for this month, its also a good time to bring up the topic of Fashions inherently intertwined relation with the Queeriness. From Karl Lagerfeld to Christian Dior , Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Jil Sander many of the world’s greatest designers have identified as LGBTQ.
For centuries, fashion has acted as a key weapon to achieve freedom of expression and experimentation for this community. The sex-charged iconic creations of designers like Jean Paul Gaultier’s, the andro looks on the fashion week’s runways to the sexually provoking logo T’s flooded on Instagrams hottest It Girls, prove that sexuality, culture, and the way we style ourselves over time is strongly correlated and connected together. Ohh …not to mention the modern Instagram surrealist icon, Doug Abraham AKA @bessnyc4 (winning CFDA Instagrammer of the Year), showcasing shocking collages of horror movies, violence, hard core porn, and twisted cyborg bondage challenging us the way we think of “traditional” beauty and what is acceptable to societal rules. He became such an Instagram cult sensation that he now has brands such as Dior, Givenchy, CK, and Celine and more global luxury brands under his belt as well as collaborating with magazines such as Dazed and Digital. With just over 31K followers, Instagram recently RE- blocked his Instagram account ( I think it’s now the second time now)due to sexual imagery, violence, drugs and all that stuff.
According to Valerie Steele, there’s a diverse array of what can be labelled as “Gay Aesthetic， not just one. “Each individual designer has his or her personal style and that’s also tied in with the style of a particular period. So you can see both idealizing trends and also transgressive trends in gay design. You can see idealized feminine beauty in the work of say, Dior. But then if you go back a couple of decades to the thirties and the work of somebody like American couturier, Mainbocher, it’s a very different aesthetic.” –Dazed interview
On our end, we spoke with the multi-faceted Cat Lady, Daliah, based in Shanghai who’s in charge of Daliah Resto/Part time Artist and photographer/ full time Altrustic Hedonist who has her fair share and thoughts the LGBT+ evolution ( Instagram @Daliah-Spiegal).
“L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. is part of almost every industry since the beginning of human kind. I believe that mainly the visibility, the acceptance, and the visual symbols are changing over time. From Pre-Stonewall elite elegance or drag to androgynous “anti-fashion” style,’ it continuously shifts. It seems that nowadays the tolerance / acceptance in the world for the LGBT+ is slowly and constantly growing so is its visibility in fashion. If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, it seems like this generation is seeking something more radical and interesting: the key question is not who you love but who you are, on a non-binary spectrum. I see this also visually reflecting in what kids are wearing nowadays. I see more and more space for experimentation in clothes and makeup where I believe that social media helps creating community and spreading alternative aesthetics.” says Daliah Spiegal.
Also known for her beautiful and eccentric makeup, Daliah is always full of inspirational beauty surprises every time we meet “I see my face and my body as a canvas.” she says,
“General consent is that the ultimate goal of make-up is to make you look healthier, younger, and prettier. Your features should be modulated / enhanced / corrected so that you can fit into beauty norms. I disagree. Make up should be fun and colorful. Stickers, hearts, glitter, lines, dots, patchy spots, giant lips, glitter noses…. try it. Inspirations are multiple: Leigh Bowery, Yoyoi Kusama, Anime, a Family mart bag, really everything visually stimulating…”
I think this leaves us to the conclusion of just being you. We see that Fashion, entertainment and music is intertwined with LGBT+ community where they’ve continuously challenged the mainstream over time on the idealization of what the norms and standards of beauty aesthetics mean in modern society, breaking boundaries, rules, and concepts that we’ve created for ourselves.
Special Product Launch for LGBTQ+ The MARGINALIST X PICANOVA
in collaboration with Alex deLarge