18 February 2017 - Summer 2018
This small display of 14 outfits, drawn from National Museums Liverpool’s costume collection, highlights and celebrates the work of some of the best-known fashion designers – all of whom were or are gay - including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld and Dolce and Gabbana. In the past, some of them were forced to hide their sexuality in order to protect their careers.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. Fifty years ago, in 1967, the Sexual Offences Act was passed. The Act made it legal for a man to have sex with another man, provided it was in private and they were both over the age of 21. Before then, it was illegal to be homosexual and gay men could be arrested and imprisoned.
Fashion Icons complements the Walker Art Gallery’s forthcoming major temporary exhibition, Coming Out, which features a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967.