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The Museum at FIT has taken to Kickstarter to collect donations for its upcoming exhibition, A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk. As previously reported, the exhibit will spotlight the influence of gay designers in fashion, including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, and more. The Kickstarter page elaborates:
Featuring 100 ensembles, worn or designed by fashion icons from Marlene Dietrich and Andy Warhol to Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, this will be the first major museum exhibition to explore the "gayness" or "queerness" of fashion, and the reasons why gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people have contributed so significantly to the history of fashion.
The campaign's goal is $15,000, and so far almost $1,000 has been collected. A pledge of $25 will get you a nice email, along with early registration for one of the guided tours. $50 gets your name included in the list of donors on the exhibition website, as well as a "snazzy" tee shirt. There are several levels in between, but $1,000 donations will get you two tickets to the opening night reception. The show opens to the public on September 13th.
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