Janes, DTS (2017) Early Twentieth-Century Vogue, George Wolfe Plank and the ‘Freaks of Mayfair’. Visual Culture in Britain. ISSN 1471-4787

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Abstract

Vogue was one of the most influential fashion magazines of the twentieth century. In the 1920s its British edition, launched in 1916, became a focus for various forms of queer visual and cultural expression. The origins of the related ‘amusing style’, which delighted in camp display, can be traced to the romantic and artistic collaboration between the American artist George Wolfe Plank and the British writer E.F. Benson during the First World War. The illustrations that Plank produced for Benson’s book of satirical sketches of life in London’s high society, The Freaks of Mayfair (1916), shed light on the camp images that Plank designed for the covers of both the American and British editions of the magazine. Therefore, Plank can be understood to have played a key role in the development of queer visual culture during the early twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version of record is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2017.1317017 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: E.F. Benson, camp, fashion, George Wolfe Plank, magazines, queer, Vogue
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ75 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 10:09
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 08:47
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2800

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