Understand LGBTQ+ women's experiences with how they dress today and in the past. The research is being conducted in collaboration with Iowa State University's Textiles and Clothing Museum, and will result in a public exhibit "Queer Fashion and Style: StorIes From the Heartland" in the museum's gallery from January 22 - April 14 2018. 





  1. Find pictures (digital or print) of yourself from throughout your life that highlight your clothing and style to bring to the in-person interview. (up to 1 hour).
  2. Audio & video (video is optional) recorded interview about your clothing and fashion (up to 2 hours).
  3. Choose outfits to lend for public exhibit at Iowa State University's Textiles and Clothing Museum (30 minutes)
  4. Possible follow interview to clarify interview responses and to discuss exhibit (1 hour)
  5. Consider donating a garment to the Textiles and Clothing collection to broaden and diversify permanent collection. 



  • Age 30+
  • Identify in the LGBTQ+ community
  • Identify as woman - including trans and cisgender women) AND/OR individuals who were "assigned female at birth" and may identify as a man, transgender, trans man, gender non-conforming, AND/OR another gender identity
  • Live in Iowa
  • Willing to lend garments or accessories for a public exhibit on the history of LGBTQ+ women’s fashion at Iowa State University’s Textile and Clothing Museum. Exhibit runs from January 22 - April 18, 2018. Items need to be borrowed at least 6 weeks before exhibit and will be returned 2 weeks following exhibit.



If you are interested, we'd be glad to send you more information.  Please contact Kelly L. Reddy-Best, Assistant Professor in Apparel Merchandising and Design at klrb@iastate.edu or 401-793-1437 (text or call). Or message us through our Facebook page



  1. Kelly Reddy-Best, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
  2. Eulanda Sanders, Professor and Chair of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
  3. Dana Goodin, PhD student in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
  4. Eunji Choi, MS student in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


View the official consent form below for more details. The research team will provide you a hard copy to sign at the first interview.


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