Brighton Museum wants your Queer Looks
To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality Brighton Museum is launching Queer Looks, a project to collect, record and display clothing worn by LGBTQ people living in Sussex. Queer Looks will culminate in a display in the museum’s Fashion Gallery, of outfits that reflect the last 50 years of LGBTQ history.
To launch Queer Looks the museum is having a drop-in day on 1 July, 12.00 to 5.00pm, when people can come in to talk to museum staff, hear about our LGBTQ activities over the next few years and tell us their stories about clothing that expresses their sexuality or gender identity. From high street to high-end, Queer Looks wants to display the extraordinary lives of LGBTQ residents – so if you’ve got an outfit that says who you are or were, we want to know about it and hear your stories.
On the day we’ll be based in our MuseumLab, photographing and filming people talking about their clothes, why and where they wore them and what they mean to them. Please report to our Queer Looks desk in Brighton Museum’s reception to be shown where to go.
Queer Looks is part of Wear it Out, a partnership with The Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, funded by a National Lottery 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 (www.arts.ac.uk/research/ual-research-centres/centre-for-fashion-curation/selected-cffc-projects).
The resulting display will open in summer 2018 and feature around 20 outfits representing LGBTQ fashion and style in Brighton & Hove since 1967. 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, with extracts of some of the interviews to be included in the display.
Free admission to Brighton Museum (excluding the Constable and Brighton exhibition) is available for participants in this event. A member of staff will be on hand at the entrance to greet those taking part.