Queer Fashion Brands: Oral History Project

In the early part of the 21st century, several LGBTQIA+ focused clothing brands emerged on the market. The purpose of this project is to document the history of each brand using the oral history method. We are interested in the lives of the individuals who founded the brands and the entire story of each brand from idea development to today so that way these stories can be a documented as an important part of fashion and retail history.

The oral histories are being filmed or audio-recorded and will be turned into a series, which will be used in the new course AMD 458/558 Queer Fashions, Styles, and Bodies at Iowa State University. The series will also be shared online for the public to view in a public history project (that is coming soon) called The Queer Fashion History Project.

Oral History Interviews Completed

Research Team

  • Kelly L. Reddy-Best, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

  • Dana Goodin, PhD Student in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design