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Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America

Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America

Sexuality and fashion intersect in numerous ways as our continually shifting identities are often signified through our appearance and style. The LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, etc.) community fashions their bodies in ways that sometimes overtly reflect their sexual identity or not. Yet, up until more recently, these styles, aesthetics, experiences, and representations have been left out of the fashion history narrative. This special issue is aimed at all aspects of the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to the history (including contemporary or more recent histories) of fashion, style, dress, and the body. Papers are welcome that examine related topics using historic, ethnographic, material culture, theoretical, critical, qualitative, and/or sociological methods.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Butches, femmes, dykes, bois, studs, and other identities as they relate to style and expression
Dapper and handsome women
Gay men's fashion
Intersections of race, sexuality, and gender
Gay window advertising
Drag queens and kings
Leather and S&M
Disability, queerness, and fashion
Signifiers in negotiations of identity
Bars, pride, and other queer spaces
Queer fashion media
Transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer bodies and styles
LGBTQ+ characters in novels, television, and film
Activism, gay rights, and fashion
Gay wedding fashions
Binding, packing, and tucking: clothing as it relates to changing bodies and identities