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HOW THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY HAS INFLUENCED FASHION


Donatella Versace Pride https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/style/donatella-versace-gay-pride-stonewall.html

Pride month may be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate how the LGBTQ+ community has influence fashion. In this blog post, we will be going through how some of your favourite gay icons have changed the way that people dress. We will also be going through some of the gay fashion designers that have influenced the fashion industry the most.




GAY FASHION DESIGNERS

There are a large number of gay fashion designers that have definitely influenced modern fashion and without them, your wardrobe would look completely different to what it is today.

Gianni Versace has without doubt transformed fashion and this is because he was one of the first designers who took inspiration from his life and art. His brand is one of the most recognized labels in the fashion world and is worth $1.7 billion. Gianni was with his partner, Antonio D’Amico, for 15 years before he was murdered on the steps of his mansion. Versace has created a number of extremely famous designs, such as the Baroque Print, the Bondage Collection and the jungle green dress warm by Jennifer Lopez that inspired the creation of Google images.

Gianni Versace with Models https://www.vogue.fr/fashion/galerie/gianni-versace-and-his-supermodels-in-15-vintage-photographs?image=5c36108258f59c16d92ab50a

Another gay fashion designer that has revolutionized fashion is Alexander McQueen. Alexander McQueen has been head designer at Givenchy and founded the extremely well know brand under his own name in 1992. McQueen was openly gay and said that he realised his sexuality when he was only 6 years old and told his family when he was 18. The British designer was known for his impeccable tailoring, revolutionary clothing designs and bold catwalks.

Alexander McQueen Iconic Dresses https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/alexander-mcqueen-rose-dresses

Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most influential and well known names in fashion. Working for designers such as Chanel, Fendi and the label that he created under his own name in 1984. Lagerfeld is most famous for reviving and modernising Chanel and has an incredible reputation for creating stunning women’s clothing and quality tailoring. Karl Lagerfeld was openly gay and was in a relationship with Jacques de Bascher from 1971 to 1989 when Bascher passed away.

Karl Lagerfeld on the runway https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/alexander-mcqueen-rose-dresses


GAY ICONS

The LGBTQ+ community has been the home countless fashion icons, such Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Cher, to name a few. These icons have changed the way that people dress by showing them that you can express yourself through bold outfit choices and bright colours. They have shown the world their unique outfits and costumes, such as Elton John’s iconic white feather suit, and inspired people to show the world who they really are.

Cher Icon Outfits https://www.yahoo.com/news/chers-iconic-style-evolution-over-193511789.html


3 FASHION RULES FROM THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

The LGBTQ+ community stereotypically has good fashion sense so here are some fashion rules that have been suggested by the community.

One of the rules is to make sure that your clothing fits you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t wear an oversized sweater, you just need to make sure that it fits right and doesn’t look like you have accidently ordered the wrong size jumper.

Another rule is to embrace patterns, they are perfect for adding “a bit of gay flair to an outfit”. Every man should have at least one patterned shirt or t-shirt that they can wear to spice up one of their more dull outfits.

Prada patterned shirts http://popcornfashion.com/?tag=prada&paged=2

The final rule is to stay away from sleeveless shirts, the only exception for this rule is if you have big, toned arms. If you wear a tank top and have small arms then it will do you no favours and will make you look skinny and weaker than you actually are.




If you loved this blog post, why not check out one of our other posts, which includes 13 fashion tips that all men will find useful! Read it here: 13 Fashion Tips for Men

As you can see, the LGBTQ+ community has had an incredible influence of modern fashion and without some of the help from gay fashion designers, modern fashion would look completely different to what it is today. Some other gay fashion designers that were incredibly influential are: Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Alexander Wang. There are definitely a lot more LGBTQ+ designers that I have missed off my list so Tweet us @fredsfashion if you think we should add any more to the list! We hope you have enjoyed this blog post and if you have then make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to get updates when new posts are being released.

Author: Freddie Ratsma

Published: July 2020



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