Gay Chic

From Subculture to Mainstream

26.04.2006 - 30.07.2006

"Gay Chic" takes up a topical social subject. It looks at the way style and aesthetics from the homosexual subculture are affecting our everyday visual lives and setting trends. This happens for a number of reasons: for example, society perceives gays and lesbians differently, homosexual and heterosexual lifestyles are mutually influential and people enjoy playing with male and female role images. Our exhibition creates a visual dialogue showing how “Gay Chic” influences advertising, fashion, mass media, films and pop music, but also the significance of historical figures like the “dandy” and the fashionable “garçonne” female type, alongside the artistic models. The exhibition stimulates discussion on clichés, stereotypes and the assertion that “Gay Chic” affects our everyday lives more than we think.