Queer Looks

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Some of the Queer Looks Young Project Team at their pop up Look Book Studio event for International Women’s Day in March 2018

In April 2017 an email popped up in my inbox from the London College of Fashion, who wanted me to coordinate a young people’s project feeding into an exhibition charting the past fifty years of LGBTQ dress. Encompassing close work with communities around both fashion and identity, as well as a strong oral history element, Queer Looks was the stuff of my freelance dreams.

My first step was to recruit a group of young people aged 18-25 into the Young Project Team. We met regularly over the course of almost a year. As well as fulfilling the original aims set out by HLF including training in portrait photography and oral history as well as an opportunity to style their own fashion photo shoot, we managed to secure follow up funding from Royal Pavilion & Museums to continue the work. This allowed us to offer further opportunities including learning how to prepare mannequins for specific looks and helping to install the exhibition, as well as giving the group scope to lead on an events programme to highlight the opening. A fitting send off to our work together was the flagship You are what you Wear event in August 2018, which attracted a massive 3000 people to the museum to explore the cross over between LGBTQ lives and fashion.

By far my favourite part of the project was getting to know the young people so well. They taught me a lot and I will miss them hugely.

Queer Looks runs at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until summer 2019.

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