Queer Style offers an insight into queer fashionability by addressing the role that clothing has played in historical and contemporary lifestyles. From a fashion studies perspective, it examines the function of subcultural dress within queer communities and the mannerisms and messages that are used as signifiers of identity. Diverse dress is examined, including effeminate ‘pansy,’ masculine macho ‘clone,’ the ‘lipstick’ and ‘butch’ lesbian styles and the extreme styles of drag kings and drag queens.
Divided into three main sections on history, subcultural identity and subcultural style, Queer Style will be of particular interest to students of dress and fashion as well as those coming to subculture from sociology and cultural studies.
Table of contents
- Front matter
- Introduction pp. 1–12
- The Meaning of Style between Classic and Queer pp. 13–22
- Lesbian Style: From Mannish Women to Lipstick Dykes pp. 23–48
- Gay Men’s Style: From Macaroni to Metrosexual pp. 49–98
- Kiss of the Whip: Bondage, Discipline and Sadomasochism, or BDSM Style pp. 99–110
- Drag: Of Kings and Queens pp. 111–122
- Crossing Genders, Crossing Cultures pp. 123–140
- Conclusion: Against Justification pp. 141–142
- Back matter