Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: Gay Men's Dress in the Twentieth Century
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Berg Publishers
- Publish date: 09/01/2000
- ISBN: 9781859734155
- ISBN10: 1859734154
Beginning with the subcultural world of gay men in the early part of this century -- particularly in New York and London -- this fascinating book looks at the trends in dress adopted by gay men as well as the challenge gay style has made to mainstream men's 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 S&M scene.
Anyone interested in gay culture or the history of dress will find this book to be essential reading.