By the eighteenth century, many cities in Europe had developed small but secret homosexual subcultures. However, critics accused lipstick lesbians of hiding behind a mask of heterosexuality. I hope they're back in stock soon! New magazines aimed at a wider, heterosexual male consumer were published, but even here a gay influence could be perceived. With each wash, the indigo will fade and rainbow threading will become more visible. New York University Press, Gay Jeans can be worn by anyone!
In America, too, a close-fitting "European style.
Today it is perfectly acceptable for straight men to be interested in fashion and to be obvious consumers of clothes, grooming products, and fashion or "lifestyle" magazines. The early s saw the advent of "lesbian chic" in the fashion world. As a consequence, it became acceptable for straight men to be interested in their appearance, clothes, and grooming products. What happens if I don't wash my Gay Jeans very often, or ever? The hypermasculine image has continued to be important even after the supposed death of the clone in the late s, when the image became associated with an older generation of pre-AIDS gay men. Radical feminist politics during the s took this to an extreme as a new stereotype was born—that of the dungaree-wearing, crew-cut lesbian feminist.
I don't wash 'em a ton. Flat shoes, baggy trousers, unshaved legs, and faces bare of makeup made a strong statement about not dressing for men. In America it was illegal for men and women to cross dress unless attending a masquerade. In his autobiography, The Naked Civil ServantQuentin Crisp recalls being stopped a number of times by police because of his effeminate appearance. Home Fashion Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Fashion and Homosexuality.