1. Understand LGBTQ+ women's experiences with how they dress today and in the past.
  2. Understand how sexuality has influenced LGBTQ+ women's clothing and style today and in the past.  
  3. Create a public exhibit at Iowa State University's Textiles and Clothing Museum on the history of clothing and style of LGBTQ+ women in Iowa.
  4. Add garments and accessories of LGBTQ+ women into Iowa State University's Textiles and Clothing Museum collection





  1. Find pictures (digital or print) of yourself from throughout your life that highlight your clothing and style. The participant will look for pictures prior to the in-person interview, and then discuss them with researcher during the in-person interview  (up to 1 hour).
  2. Complete an audio- and/or video-recorded, in-person interview about your clothing, style, and appearance throughout your life (up to 2 hours).

    2a) We prefer that the interview is completed next to or close to where you store your clothes, because we will ask you  to show us garments and accessories and answer questions about them.

    2b) We ask that you will bring the photographs you found to the interview to share and discuss them.

    2c) We ask that you will allow us to photograph some of your garments, accessories, and photos after the in-person interview for use in a public exhibit or publication (up to 30 minutes).

  3. Directly following the interview, work with the research team to determine outfits or garments to lend for use in Iowa State University’s Textile and Clothing Museum exhibit tentatively titled “Queer Iowa Fashion: Stories from the Heartland” open from January 22nd to April 14th 2018 in the Mary Alice Gallery located in Ames, Iowa (up to 30 minutes).
  4. Possibly participate in a follow-up interview to clarify answers from interview or questions related to the public exhibit (up to 1 hour).
  5. Consider donating a garment or accessory to Iowa State University’s Textiles and Clothing Museum permanent collection for future research and educational purposes. If you are interested in this, a researcher will work with you for garment pick up time (up to 10 minutes).



  • 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
  • Currently live in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, or Minnesota
  • 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 February 1 - April 14, 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



  • Kelly Reddy-Best, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
  • Eulanda Sanders, Professor and Chair of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
  • Dana Goodin, PhD 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. 

***Please note that the exhibit date has changed to February 1 - April 14, 2018, which is not reflected on this document below. 


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