Wear it Out and Queer Looks project

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Wear it Out is a partnership with The Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will explore the cultural heritage of dress of LGBTQ communities in Sussex 1917 – 2017, looking at how dress is used to express identities and sexualities of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+

Queer Looks opens summer 2018. This display in Brighton Museum’s Fashion Gallery will feature around 20 outfits representing LGBTQ fashion and style in Brighton & Hove since 1967. The outfits, which have belonged to local LGBTQ residents, will be donated via outreach activities and public events or collected via auctions and vintage shops, and will be added to the city’s Fashion Collection.

Adult volunteers of all ages will also be recruited from the local LGBTQ community to take part in an oral history project, enabling them to exchange experiences of growing up as LGBTQ in Brighton & Hove.  Extracts of some of the interviews will be included in the display, and younger volunteers will use the material to develop their own fashion stories inspired by different eras’ LGBTQ clothing for an online exhibition.