Iowa State fashion professor to speak about history of queer women's fashion

Kelly Reddy-Best

Kelly Reddy-Best, an apparel, merchandising and design professor at Iowa State University, writes about the history of queer fashion.

Reddy-Best will deliver a presentation titled "Queer Women’s Fashion and Style: Collecting and Telling Histories of the Midwest" at Central Michigan University at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Daniel and Sarah Opperman Auditorium in Charles V. Park Library.

“I wanted to bring a nationally recognized scholar to campus related to the topic of Queer Fashion, and also during the month of October as this is Queer History Month, or at CMU, LGBTQ+ Celebration Month,” said human environmental studies professor Michael Mamp.

Mamp said Reddy-Best is a nationally recognized scholar on the intersections of dress and identity relating to topics of race, gender and sexuality.

The event is targeted toward people interested in fashion and those who want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.

“Understanding experiences of diverse individuals prepares students for workplaces and communities that are diverse,” Mamp said. “This is one small attempt to consider something such as dress from a non-heteronormative perspective.”

The event is free and open to the public.