The Prince of Queer Fashion


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When Prince died April 21, the tributes came pouring out, centering especially on his genderbending fashion that gave plenty of kids someone to look up to and emulate. Cristen and Caroline look at the origins and evolution of queer and androgynous fashion to pinpoint Prince's purple place in the timeline.

Episode Sources:

"The evolution of androgynous fashion throughout the 20th century" http://www.bustle.com/articles/149928-the-evolution-of-androgynous-fashion-throughout-the-20th-century-photos

"A brief history of unisex fashion" http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/04/when-unisex-was-the-new-black/390168/

"Queer fashion is not a trend for people to co-opt" http://mashable.com/2015/09/21/what-is-queer-fashion/#UJ3jP6_KpaqX

"The queer legacy of Prince" http://www.out.com/music/2016/4/22/queer-legacy-prince

"Prince is dead, we must find our eyeliner and keep dancing" http://www.autostraddle.com/prince-is-dead-and-we-must-find-our-eyelines-and-keep-dancing-336154/

"Nudity, androgyny and the color purple: In fashion, Prince reigned supreme" http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/fashion/prince-fashion/

"Everything you need to read on how Prince influenced style" http://www.racked.com/2016/4/21/11481900/ways-prince-influenced-style-gender

"Prince's heels elevated him as a style icon" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/23/fashion/prince-fashion-high-heels.html

"When Prince bended gender, he gave black men permission to be free" http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ig-prince-gender-fluidity-20160421-story.html

"Prince: How his androgynous style influenced fashion" http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/apr/22/prince-how-his-androgynous-style-influenced-fashion

"The pop life: Is Prince leading music to a true biracism?" http://www.nytimes.com/1981/12/02/arts/the-pop-life-is-prince-leading-music-to-a-true-biracism.html

"Prince and his fashion revolution" http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/prince-and-his-fashion-revolution-20160422

"The sexy androgyny of Prince and Purple Rain" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarence-haynes/the-sexy-androgyny-of-pri_b_256580.html

Academic Insights:

"Androgyny in Western Culture." Emily Eldridge. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. June 2013. http://kennisbank.hva.nl/document/515284

"Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America." Jo Barraclough Paoletti. Indiana University Press. 2012. https://books.google.com/books/about/Pink_and_Blue.html?id=HPyIoreJ1jIC

Topics in this Podcast: history, sexuality, fashion, stereotypes, lgbtq, gender