Janes, D (2021) ‘Dress Sense of a Queen’: Cecil Beaton’s Queering of Britain’s Royal Past. Journal of European Popular Culture, 12 (1). pp. 23-44. ISSN 2040-6134

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The origins of camp can be traced by exploring the ways in which the past was queered during the interwar period. Cecil Beaton was establishing himself as one of the world’s leading fashion photographers. He and many of his friends were fascinated by the styles of the period before 1914. That interest extended to cross-dressing and the construction of photographic collages that ironically juxtaposed the fashions of the past and the present. The effect of this was to make the dresses and aristocratic social mores of the fin de siècle appear amusingly excessive. In the process the image of royalty was reinvented through travesty and social life in Britain was invested with queer opportunity.

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Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found online at; https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jepc/2021/00000012/00000001/art00003;jsessionid=3rgh3uqli70t7.x-ic-live-01
Uncontrolled Keywords: camp, drag, homosexuality, interwar, photography, royalty
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ75 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 10:35
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8937

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