Epic Moments In Fashion That Wouldn’t Have Existed Without The LGBTQ Community

Plainly stated, manner as we know it today would not exist if not for the ingenuity and influence of people in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ stylists, decorators and way personalities alike make up the heart of the industry.

As a outcome, many of our very favorite moments in pop culture, film and even political occurs would simply have not been possible without the LGBTQ community’s contributions.

The history of fashion and its intersection with queerness runs far beyond this small sampling. The 25 moments we’re highlighting below, while iconic, just barely skimmed the surface.

Could you imagine living in a world without Madonna’s cone bra, debuted in 1990 and designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? Or what about any single thing Sarah Jessica Parker wore as Carrie Bradshawon” Sex and the City ?”

Behold, in honor of Pride Month, 25 of the many epic moments in fashion history for which we should thank the LGBTQ community.

Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind, ” 1940
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Vivien Leigh’s unforgettable wardrobe was designed by famed costumer designer Walter Plunkett. He has been cited as one of “Hollywood’s top gay costume designers” by the Los Angeles Times.
The style of “Casablanca, ” 1942
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Seen here with Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, Ingrid Bergman’s famous “Casablanca” style was made thanks to costume designer Orry-Kelly who, according to Vogue, “lived as openly and as bravely as a gay human could” in what was, at the time, a homophobic Hollywood.
Marlene Dietrich in “Stage Fright, ” 1950
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The Alfred Hitchcock film credits Christian Dior, who according to The Daily Beast was “not openly gay” but “was one of the most influential homosexual designers of the twentieth century, ” as its costume designer.
Audrey Hepburn’s first wedding dress, 1954
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Pierre Balmain, founder of Balmain and a gay decorator who was one of the “leaders for structure in women’s style, “ designed Hepburn’s gorgeous dress for her bridal to Mel Ferrer.
Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like It Hot” style, 1959
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Orry-Kelly is also responsible for Marilyn Monroe’s sexy style in “Some Like it Hot.”
The ‘Le Smoking’ Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo, 1967
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Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized women’s way with its menswear inspired “Le Smoking” tuxedo for women. A 2010 documentary titled “L’Amour Fou” recounted the late designer’s relationship with longtime devotee Pierre Berge.
Olivia Newton-John’s Sandra Dee transformation, 1978
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Gay costume designer Albert Wolskywas responsible for the memorable attires in “Grease, ” including Olivia Newton-John’s transformation from good daughter to sex symbol.
Madonna’s cone bra, 1990
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Madonna debuted the infamous cone bra, designed by John Paul Gaultier, on tour in Japan. He told The Cut his sweet coming out narrative in 2014.
Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress, 1991
Taylor married Larry Fortensky, her seventh spouse, in a dress designed by Valentino. Valentino, who is typically quiet about his personal life, once shared a physical relationshipwith his longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti, recounted by Giametti in a 2013 article.
Every good moment on ‘Project Runway’ since 2004
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Let’s be real, the present would have been way less fun without all those years without Tim Gunn and his wonderfully sassy attitude. He told HuffPost in 2012 that his sexuality was a struggle in his teens. “I didn’t know who I was, but I surely knew what I wasn’t, ” he said. ” And I knew I wasn’t a heterosexual male.” he said. And I knew I wasn’t a heterosexual male.”
Elizabeth Hurley in Versace, 1995
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This Versace gown has landed Hurley on best-dressed Oscars lists for years. Gianni Versace, who was murdered in 1997, and his longtime partner Antonio D’Amico, will be depicted in the upcoming series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, ”
This amazing ‘Versace’ scene from ‘Showgirls, ‘ 1995
The movie may have been a flop, but this scene, which references none other than lesbian icon and late designer Versace, will live on in fashion history.
David Bowie in Alexander McQueen, 1996
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Bowie reportedly reached out to Alexander McQueen when he was still comparatively unknown to design attires for his tour, including this famous Union jacket. In a 1996 interview between the two men, Bowie asked: Are you gay and do you take narcotics ?( laughter) ” to which McQueen replied, “Yes, to both of them.( more laughter ). ” Are you gay and do you take narcotics ?( laugh) ” to which McQueen replied, “Yes, to both of them.( more laughter ). ”
Two terms: Carrie Bradshaw, starting in 1998
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“Sex and the City” is known for its style just as much as its famous casting. At the helm of that ship? Unparalleled costume designer Patricia Field. ”It’s wild, if you think about it, that the woman who defined how straight women dressed in this millennium on ‘Sex and the City’ is a lesbian, ” Roger Padilha, creative director of the style production company MAO PR once told the New York Times.
Britney Spears at the VMAs, 2001
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Britney Spears’ iconic attire, designed by attire design duo Kurt& Bart, went up for auction for almost $ 1,000, 000 in May 2017. Bart once told Hypebeast that their inspiration comes from, in part, New York’s ‘8 0s clubbing scene. “Getting garbed and going out every night was a form of society and it was also a sort of foreigners family, especially in the lesbian community, ” he said.
Julia Roberts in Valentino, 2001
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Roberts arguably won best dressed of all time in this stunning Valentino gown at the 2001 Oscars, where she also won for her role in “Erin Brokovich.”
Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball, 2009
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Michelle Obama wore a stunning gown by Jason Wu for her first night as first lady. Wu marriage his longtime partner Gustavo Rangel in 2016.
Lady Gaga at the , 2010
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Though very private, Giorgio Armani once alluded to his bisexuality for an interview Vanity Fair. He also designed Lady Gaga’s entire wardrobe for the 2010 Grammys, including this structural stunner …
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…And this wonderfully sparkly suit.
Princess Charlene of Monaco’s wedding dress, 2011
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Armani, who is private about his personal life but, according to The Sunday Times does not deny his sexuality and has “a picture of his long-time companion in a silver frame, ” designed Princess Charlene of Monaco’s stunning gown for her bridal to Prince Albert II. “My uncle wanted to make sure the dress was timelessand sophisticated, ” Roberta Armani, his niece, told Vogue.
Beyonce’s VMAs pregnancy announcement, 2011
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While it’s what was underneath her sparkly, purple tuxedo jacket that built headlines, Beyonce’s Dolce& Gabbana outfit played a crucial part in her pregnancy announcement at the VMAS. Both Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are openly homosexual.
Rihanna at the CFDA Awards, 2014
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Rih accepted her Fashion Icon award at the CFDA awards in a altogether naked gown by Adam Selman. Selman’s boyfriend Mel Ottenberg is also in the industry — he is a famous stylist. The two work together.
Lady Gaga’s David Bowie Grammys moment, 2016
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Gaga paid homage to David Bowie at the Grammys shortly after his death in 2016. Jacobs, who has long been very open about his sexuality, designed the looking.
Prabal Gurung’s feminist T-shirts, 2017
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Plus-size model Candice Huffine walked alongside a group of fellow models wearing feminist shirts at style week. Gurung, who is one of today’s top decorators, once called his tale “the typical gay-designer story” in an interview with Elle.
Plus-size models at Christian Siriano, 2017
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Christian Siriano is a trailblazer, a notion never so obvious as where reference is set a slew of gorgeous plus-size models in his show at manner week. Siriano married his long-time boyfriend Brad Walsh in 2016.

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