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Beyond Lipstick: Expressions of Queer Femme Identity in Dress & New Media

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posted on 22.05.2021, 16:54 by Concettina Maria Laalo
This paper and its corresponding creative project beyondlipstick.ca, an online gallery of self-identified queer femmes, seek to examine queer femme-ininity through the lens of academic fashion theory. A call for submissions invited femmes to submit self-portraits and answer a questionnaire on the subject of femme identity and dress. Through the visual and content analysis of submitted self-portraits and questionnaire responses, I investigate visual signifiers of femme identity and position queer femme-ininity as self-aware, intentional and distinct from heteronormative femininity. Themes that emerged from the submissions include; excessive femininity, embracing femininity, empowered femininity, and femme as an identity rather than a style. The beyond lipstick.ca project engages queer femmeininity on three levels: first, as a visual articulation of queer identity; second, as a conscious appropriation of contemporary Western heteronormative femininity; and third, as an expression of femme visibility and community on an online platform.

History

Language

eng

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Fashion

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Joseph Medaglia