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Gay Harlem Fashion Page:
(please click the images to learn more about the fashions you see)


1) Modern Fashions in Harlem:

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a) Sheila Bridges

interior designer and fabric creator

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b) Stephen Burrows

one of the first internationally acclaimed African American fashion designers

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c) Kenneth Wingard

Designer and owner of a fashion shop in the Castro.

Also featured home furnishings in London's Selfridge and New York Bloomingdales


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2) Fashion in Gay Harlem Literature:

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a) Gladys Bentley

American blues singer and fashion icon during the Harlem Renaissance
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b) Zami A New Spelling of My Name


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c) Nella Larsen's Passing

A novel on the ambiguities of racial identity and the phenomenon of 'passing'


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3) Identity in Fashion:

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a) Performance and Realness

Looking at the 1990 documentary, Paris is Burning
and the 2005 documentary, the Aggressives


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4) Other Miscellaneous Fashions:

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a) Raven Chanticleer (garbage bag couture)

first black designer to be featured at Bergdorf Goodman


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