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Queer Looks

Start Date 30 June 2018
End Date 25 August 2019
Venue Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Location Brighton, UK
Curator Martin Pel
exhibition display of mannequins

Fashion & Style Gallery

Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free

Mark, 1985

This fascinating display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1960s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress.

Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, journalist Sophie Cook, and trans campaigner Fox Fisher.

Queer Looks Voices online

Learn more about the stories behind some of these outfits on the dedicated Queer Looks voices website.

This website contains themed interviews with members of Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ communities. The site can be viewed in the gallery and online.

New content will be added throughout 2018.

Wear it Out project

Queer Looks is part of the Wear it Out project, 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+.

You can read more about the project on our blog.

Queering the Museum

Keep your eye on our website and social media feeds for news about an exciting series of pop-up events celebrating all things queer. The series is programmed by the Young Project Team, who have been co-curating the Queer Looks display.

Image by Tessa Hallman, courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton.