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LONDON QUEER FASHION SHOW IS A PLACE FOR LONDON’S LEADING LGBTQ+ DESIGNERS AND QUEER COMMUNITY TO SHOWCASE IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION IN ALL ITS FORMS.
“ I’m trying to change the perceptions of visuals signifying your sexual preference, position, agenda….. because you’ll know if I wanna fuck you. And it’s high time we start to see some guys looking like me topping in porn! “
"For many years love of the same sex was considered a mental illness, these desires and the wishes of this admission became part of a confusing construction in society. With this, men stopped wearing the flamboyant outfits of 17th and 18th centuries which included shimmering skills, ribbons, ruffles and bows and significant difference between genders was drawn. These subjects are enacting a transgression against established norms of our time”
“Since I moved to London three years ago, there are two comments I often hear from people I have recently met: “You don’t look Mexican” and “you don’t look gay”. The comment about my nationality has to do with people’s stereotypes of Mexico, a country they might not even have been to or know much about. It often bothers me, but usually, I just shrug, or mention my family’s mixed heritage, or just joke about leaving my sombrero at home. The comment on my sexuality, though, is definitely more damaging. Having one’s sexual orientation and identity exposed in casual conversation is something a heterosexual person will rarely have to go through. And yet, as queer people, we are expected to share intimate, deeply personal and sometimes even painful memories about who we are. As if we needed to explain ourselves for being homosexual. It is said that one is never fully out of the closet, and I believe that to be true. Every time I get told I don’t look gay it is like coming out again, and again, and again.”
Daniel McBride – Barb Balls is a drag queen and composer, the London-based self-described“visceral” performer is an androgynous queen. He says it’s not particularly important for her to blur the lines between masculinity and femininity. He’s doing what he wants to do, and rightfully thinks we should all give “less fucks” about what she’s got between her legs and how she presents in drag.
“Where men could not touch and not have it, possibilities didn’t exist. But in their dreams it was real, all the fragility, all the vulnerability of it, they could ever imagine, now touches the present"
“Every garment by default codes the body at some level. As social indicators, their implied meanings are stable. When adorning the non-binary body, the set of meanings typically associated with a gendered garment varies even more greatly as institutionalised ideals of gender in fashion, while taken fully into account by its wearer, can become peripheral to their intentions. The understanding which values the garment beyond instantaneous and aesthetic gratification endowed by the manufacturer, is then replaced by a colloquial language, placing its wearer’s gender and sexuality central to the clothed message”
“Established definitions of gender, sexuality, and race, only seem to further embed traditional perceptions. We’ve lost the ability to think critically. Whether race is constructed in the same way as gender or not, these categories always work as background for one or another, and they often find the most dynamic vocalization through one another”
Sotli and Bolli London based Drag artists and
“The idea of gender fluidity suggests that gender is not fixed by biology, but shifts according to social, cultural and individual preference, in order to understand this more easily. Body, or physicality, comprises the reality of each person’s body, how they experience it and how others interact with that person based on their body. This physical aspect of gender interacts with gender identity and gender expression. A person’s gender identity can remain fixed or can fluctuate over the time; can be aligned with or be contrast to the sex they are assigned at birth, and can be articulated through or contradicted by their gender expression”
The atmosphere of social disruption with political implications through the eyes of fashion, that changed the established language and style perception of menswear in the 70s, is still alive more than ever in 2019.
The glam rock era with an iconic generation of Londoner’s rockstars, catapulted a revolutionary lifestyle and broke down paradigms around what gender really is, and has become an ongoing inspiration for millennials.
The dissociation between gender and sexuality is an intrinsic concept that has been embraced and accepted over the last 10 years by the menswear industry. There is no need for you to say or declare anything concerning your sexuality when you have confidence enough to wear whatever you want to wear.
The future looks blurred and bright, full of brave people who are able to defy gender rules and live their best lives out and about in the big cities spreading love, acceptance
and self-validation, just like the rockstars in the 70s