The FIT Museum's Chief Curator Valerie Steele has an interesting exhibition in the works for next year. It's to be called "Queer Style: From the Closet to the Catwalk" and will focus on gay designers.
Admittedly, our initial thought was: "Wait, so will it include every (male) designer?" The fact that gay designers outnumber straight male ones (though, there are more heterosexuals than you might think) makes us wonder how exactly they'll... narrow that down.
"Everybody knows that there's lots of gay people in fashion, and there have been lots of gay designers: Dior, Saint Laurent, Versace, et cetera.," Steele told Fashionologie. The idea is to "[think] consciously to put the gayness back into fashion history and say, 'Why are there so many gay people in fashion?' and 'Is there a gay aesthetic?' and 'What have been the influences of having so many gay people in fashion?'"
It's an interesting question that, she's right, hasn't really been asked before: Do designers' sexuality influence their designs or the fashion industry as a whole? And it's a question that we certainly look forward to seeing answered--or at least, explored--next year when the exhibit debuts.