by Maria Sofou

Kelly Rakowski initially founded the popular Instagram account @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, as a personal curatorial project of queer and lesbian imagery. That was before the 26.000 followers, a T-shirt collaboration with LA-based design studio and community centre Otherwild (their sold out Future is Female sweatshirt, inspired by a 70s protest photo featured on h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, was recently worn by St. Vincent and is now available for pre-order) and the growing interest around the evolution of lesbian style – Rakowski nowΒ plans a book and an exhibition with the images she has collected!

From Β Victorian Era portraits to 1970s radical protests and 1990s minimal fashion, @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y features everything you need to know about each decade’s dominant style norms and their evolution. A realΒ treasure trove!

“I think that challenging gender norms and what women are supposed to be wearing is the thing that holds through any queer culture. Just being able to wear whatever you want without judgement. Obviously it’s trousers, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear pants, you can wear dresses… it’s whatever you feel, it’s your own style that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Now, women are wearing whatever they want to wear and while there definitely are some things that you notice lesbians wearing more of, honestly it’s just very fluid right now. Fashion is increasingly genderless,’ Rakowski explained to AnOther Mag.

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"Once a labyrinthine maze of small rooms filled with parrots, palm trees, and orgies, the interior was opened up with help from a crew of "neighborhood skinheads, models, and graffiti artists," wrote New Yorkin 1988. "We found all these artifacts," said Suthon, "huge rubber dildos and everything–it would have made a great museum." The New Yorker reported that Suthon "hired a Harvard food historian and converted" the bathhouse "into Cave Canem, a restaurant that served ancient Roman dishes. 'We had a lot of glamorous lesbians working here,' Hayne said." Guests at Cave Canem sat in oxidized-metal chairs and ate lobster dumplings, but some bathhouse features remained, like the vaulted tile ceilings and a five-foot-deep empty jacuzzi surrounded by dog statuary. NY Songlines also reports a basement full of lesbian orgies–so maybe Rita Mae got her wish.' " – JEREMIAH MOSS photo: Efrain Gonzalez #herstory #lesbianculture #lesbiannyc #lesbianclub #lesbianorgies

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