September, perhaps more than any other month, marks the most prolific time of year for fashion in New York City. For months, fashion publications have been gearing up to release their coveted, dense September issues, and designers and fashion houses have been preparing tirelessly for the main event: New York Fashion Week. Fashion Week takes place annually in NYC, and it is the most highly anticipated event of the season, drawing in fashion-lovers from all around the world. For fashionistas, it’s a chance to peer into designers’ spring 2014 collections, to see and be seen, and to experience the thrills of this high-energy, visually captivating occasion.
Fashion is, after all, an art form. If you’re someone who appreciates art exhibitions but can’t envision yourself as part of the audience at one of the Fashion Week shows, there is still a way for you to enjoy this garment-centric time of year in NYC. NYC-Arts, the “Complete Guide” to the arts in the Big Apple explains, “New York Fashion Week (September 5-12) goes by in the blink of a model’s turn on the catwalk, but fashionistas can examine high fashion up close and to their heart’s content at several exhibitions this fall.”
One of these exhibitions is entitled “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk,” and will soon be showcased at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “A Queer History of Fashion” focuses on the fashion creations of LGBTQ people over the last 300 years, and NYC-Arts describes how the featured ensembles are “associated with an emerging gay subculture and 21st-century high fashion, and illustrates how gay vernacular styles have evolved since Stonewall.” The exhibit will exist as a sort of fashion time capsule and history lesson, as well as a critical lens into the LGBT subculture and how it influenced, and was influenced by, fashion.
The exhibit was curated by Fred Dennis, senior curator of costume, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, who both spent two years researching and seeking pieces for the collection with the help of prominent fashion and LGBT-focused scholars.
For more information about “A Queer History of Fashion” and other fashion-inspired museum exhibits, visit NYC-Arts’ fashion-foward events for fall page.