Fun Fast Facts:

Updated: 21Jul 2015 (World of Gay Fashion)

  • Dr Shaun Cole is the Course Leader for MA Fashion Cultures and the Director of the Graduate School’s Culture & Curation programme.
  • An expert in men’s fashion, specifically men’s underwear and gay style, Shaun Cole has curated numerous exhibitions, including Black British Style (2004-5), Dressing the Male (1999) and Fashion on Paper (1997), all at the V&A. He has been a Trustee at The Costume Society since 2010 and is an Exhibition Advisory Board member for A Queer History of Fashion at FIT in New York and Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s at the V&A in London.
  • Shaun has written a number of books on fashion, including Fashion Media: Past and Present with Djurdja Bartlett and Agnès Rocamora (Bloomsbury, 2013), The Story of Men’s Underwear (Parkstone Press, 2010) and Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: Gay Men’s Dress in the Twentieth Century (Berg, 2000), as well as numerous journal articles and chapters in books on men’s fashion and gay style. Shaun has recently completed the viva for his PhD (by previous publication), entitled ‘Sexuality, Identity and the Clothed Male Body’.

Broadcast: 21Jul 2015

World of Gay Fashion

LGBTIQ-friendly organisation: London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion is a leading global provider of fashion education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as offering short courses, study abroad courses and integrated masters. They undertake world class research and consultancy and work within the industry giving students the best employment opportunities possible.

W3JOY interviewed: Dr Shaun Cole, London School of Fashion

Listen to the podcast to discover:

  • when ‘gay fashion’ first become recognisable in history
  • how gay fashion has changed through the ages
  • which countries better at gay fashion than others
  • the role of fashion in maintaining modern day gay culture
  • what makes underwear important to fashion and what does one’s underwear say about the person?
  • where Australia and Melbourne sits in the fashion stakes?

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