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A Fun Fashion Exhibit
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A fashion exhibit is both fun and fascinating. I try to keep up with them  in the Sister House Library, but it’s a time-comsuming task. This one, however, at the The Photographers’ Gallery in the heart of Soho (central London) you’ll want to see if you live in the UK. Under Cover: A Secret History […]

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Mary Tyler Moore – Fashion Icon of the 70s
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Mary Tyler Moore died this week at the age of 80, but her contribution to the world of fashion and to the lives of working women impacted them for decades to come. I loved this tribute from Oprah which says it all. Before Pantsuits, There Was Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore shocked everyone by […]

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Those 50’s Pin Up Girls
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The 50’s look is still popular among many crossdressers today as it reminds us of a time when women were more feminine in their appearance. From Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable to June Cleaver, American women had that look that was found most desirable. The 50’s pin up girls were without a doubt the most […]

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Charlotte McLeod-The Unknown Icon
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Charlotte McLeod is probably unknown to you, but shouldn’t be. It has been argued that the the three most famous icons in the transgender world are Harry Benjamin, Christine Jorgensen, and Virginia Prince. Ms Jorgensen made world headlines in December, 1952  when her sex reassignment surgery made her the most famous transsexual woman of the […]

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Looking Back at Fashion
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As I explore all facets of fashion, I enjoy looking back at bygone ages and what better way to do that then to visit a fashion museum and see their latest exhibits. That’s why I created a section in Sister House on Fashion Exhibits. I remember not too long ago while living in El Paso […]

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Transgender Women in Paris in the 50s and 60s
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Reprinted from Dangerous Minds These beautiful photographs of transgender women, in Paris from the late 1950s and early 1960s were taken by Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm, who traveled to Paris in the late-fifties, where he hoped to create a new kind of night-life street photography. Strömholm lived in the Red Light district, around Place Blanche […]

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The Drag Explosion
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Reposted fron Helen Boyd’s EN GENDER With many recent exhibitions, screenings and publications, the queer community, particularly in New York, seems to be on an archival bent, mapping a genealogy of various aspects of LGBTQ history. Not only is queer culture experiencing archive fever, but the era of the 1980s and 1990s has been given […]

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Casa Susanna
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Reprinted from the New York Times, July 2006 In the early 1960’s, Susanna Valenti, otherwise known as Tito, created a refuge for transvestites on 150 acres in the Catskills I have to thank Helen Boyd for reprinting this article as it is marvelous, but not quite as marvelous as the book itself which I am […]

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