New York Fashion Exhibit Examines The Influence Of Gay Designers

And, as fashion historian Valerie Steele once noted, there is no gay gene for creativity. But the fashion industry has been undeniably more welcoming of openly gay men than other fields have been. Yet no one in the mainstream has ever tried to examine the impact of homosexuality on fashion, says Steele, who is director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. It had only been done in LGBT centers, and it had only focused on gay imagery in fashion. From an academic, historical and cultural point of view: Its like an open secret, Steele says. Gays and lesbians had been hidden from [fashion] history. Were putting them back in. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk opened Friday at the Museum at FIT and runs through Jan.4. Steele and co-curator Fred Dennis spent two years researching the extent to which gay men and lesbians worked in the fashion industry and the ways in which their participation shaped aesthetics. By far, however, gay men received the bulk of the exhibitions attention. The exhibitions most poignant moment and certainly its ripped-from-the-headlines one is when it acknowledges the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act. Two understated business suits one in midnight blue, the other in a slightly lighter shade of navy represent this summers upending of DOMA by the Supreme Court. The suits are the wedding ensembles worn by Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and his husband, Jay Inkpen, a freelance producer. The two men were married Dec. 27, 2012, at New Yorks City Hall a fact that Kolb tweeted to the world. Kolbs two-button Rag & Bone suit and Inkpens midnight-blue one from J. Crew are the epitome of modern American menswear completely devoid of subversive subtext. The suits, despite subtleties of silhouette and lapel width, are utterly traditional.

Classic eats in New York City

Per Se

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Classic eats in New York City 5:38 p.m. EDT September 18, 2013 Per Se serves exquisite lamb chops with garlic scapes and greens. (Photo: Deborah Jones) SHARE 7 CONNECT 7 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Blue Hill Located in a landmark building just off Washington Square Park, Blue Hill has been at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement since it opened in 2000. Chef Dan Barber focuses on the bounty of the Hudson Valley, with special attention to his family-run Stone Barns Farm, from which he plucks the freshest produce and sources humanely-raised meat and poultry. Diners can opt for Blue Hill’s regular menu or choose the “Farmer’s Feast,” a five-course tasting inspired by the week’s harvest. Daniel Chef Daniel Boulud’s renowned, three Michelin star restaurant Daniel turned 20 this year, and the Upper East Side classic is still cooking on all four burners. Daniel’s neo-classical decor provides the perfect backdrop for seasonally-inspired French cuisine accompanied by world-class wines. Every detail, from the basket of beautifully baked breads to the exquisite cheese cart, adds a layer of delight to a once-in-a-lifetime meal. Eleven Madison Park Housed in a refurbished former bank building with vaulted ceilings and natural light streaming from enormous windows, Eleven Madison Park is a glorious treat for all five senses. Chef and owner Daniel Humm pairs his classic training with innovative new ideas, such as a suckling pig tasting menu and picnic baskets filled with pretzel baguettes. Under his inspired leadership, the restaurant was named the 5th best restaurant in the world in 2013 by S.