LEARNING PORTFOLIO POST #4

I believe that the Museum of FIT included these three t-shirts within their “50 Years of The Museum at FIT” because of the history that is told behind these graphic tees. These t-shirts represent the Queer subculture within society, and reflects the evolving nature of the subculture within fashion history. In lecture, we have discussed that some clothing can represent symbolic meanings that explain a bigger element within a particular subculture. For these three objects, fashion was more than simply putting together an outfit: it was a way of fellow members of the LGBTQ subculture being able to recognize their own kind within society. The purpose of putting this particular group of t-shirts within this exhibition was to show how fashion has developed throughout history when revolved around subjects such as the LGBTQ community.The fashion environment can often times be a hostile situation when it comes to focusing on sensitive topics such as the views upon the LGBTQ community. However, these three objects are displaying the development that was taken in place throughout the years of fashion history.  In lecture, subcultural traits are identified as being the center focus around a person’s dress practice and activities that they part take in. This can be connected to one of our weekly readings about Rupaul’s Drag Race, how the drag queens actives and the way that they represent themselves can reflect a bigger symbolic meaning. This is also reflected within the three objects that I have selected from the exhibition. Members of the Queer community really focus on their attire and how they act within a public space due to the hostile environment that can be taken in place at any moment in time. As a member of this community myself, I too believe that fashion does take a big role within my everyday life, and through this one part of the entire exhibition I was able to identify the reasoning behind the purpose of putting this trio of graphic t-shirts on display: to show the growth of fashion itself. Fashion is always developing, as the same with subcultural groups. To conclude, I picked out this part of the exhibition because I was able to connect with my own subculture as well as create comparisons to the garments displayed and the past lectures about subcultural groups.

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