"How to Work a Look"--a lecture by Madison Moore

Lecture | November 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Madison Moore, ERC Postdoctoral Scholar, King's College, London

 Department of English, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

How to Work a Look explores the relationships between queerness, spectacular style and resistance. The colloquial phrase “working a look” highlights the queer practice of using fashion to critique restrictive societal norms. For queer, trans and nonbinary people of color, style is resistance, a way of fighting through the ashes of everyday life. It is a practice that centers beauty, fashion, and getting dressed as deeply political projects.

Madison Moore is currently a European research council funded researcher in the Department of English at King’s College London. he holds a PhD in american studies from Yale and his first book “Fabulous: the Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric” will be published by Yale University Press in April 2018.