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Wilde, Oscar

Christopher Breward

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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Queer Fashion

Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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Queer fashion (henceforth queer style) can be retrospectively linked to flamboyant or transgressive forms of dressing. The term “queer” grew in the late 1980s when scholars and activists began using the term to identify and establish a community that incorporated a broader definition of sexuality, one that encompassed diversity and difference. Prior to this time, alternate sexualities were referred to either as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Cross-dressing men were known as “drag queens” and cross-dr

Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Alternative Dress

Nan H. Mutnick

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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In the second half of the nineteenth century and into the early decades of the twentieth, various alternative styles of women’s dress were introduced that made possible radical changes from the prevailing fashions. Some were the product of cultural movements, others were inspired by the works of artists and writers, and several were developed by reformers concerned about the effect of fashion on women’s health. The English Pre-Raphaelite movement (established 1848) introduced what they called art

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