“Queer Fashion & Style: Stories from the Heartland” at the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University is an new exhibit that analyzes the recent and current histories of fashion through a queer lens by examining the everyday styles and fashions of members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Midwest from the late twentieth century to the present. Experiences with garments and other objects by people living in the Midwest are told through stories throughout the exhibit. Twelve women who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community (ranging from age from 30 to 50) completed in-depth interviews about the history of their fashion and style, and either lent garments for the exhibit. Additionally other people engaged in shorter conversations with the curators about their experiences with objects, which they also lent for display.
The exhibit runs February 1 – April 14, 2018, with an opening event on February 8th from 5-8pm.
- Lecture by co-curators, Dr. Kelly Reddy-Best and Dana Goodin, in Morrill Hall 2019 from 5:45-6:15pm.
- Gallery open for viewing 5pm-8pm in 1015 Morrill Hall.
Kelly L. Reddy-Best, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Merchandising and Design at Iowa State University
Eulanda Sanders, Professor and Chair, Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing
Dana Goodin, PhD student in Apparel, Merchandising and Design at Iowa State University
*Feature image: Original image by Kurt Uhlendorf capturing models at dapperQ’s Queer Country Fashion Show styled by Jahn Hall of Brooklyn Dry Goods. Hair by James Duckett of Fringe and make-up by Kellie Muse.