WHAT IS "PROFESSIONAL" DRESS? 

How are today's ideas of professionalism informed by history, and how might they be changing? In a world where professionalism is so deeply gendered, how do queer people navigate professional dress in the workplace?

These are only a few of the interrelated questions we seek to better understand. By examining prevailing ideas of professionalism through a queer theory lens, we hope to situate contemporary queer experiences within history and consider alternative possibilities. 

 

METHODOLOGY

We decided to use a combination of survey, interviews, and statistical analysis, grounded within the works of queer theorists and fashion scholars, like Judith Butler and Joanne Entwistle. We posted a survey to the DC Queer Exchange facebook group, and extrapolated trends from the data collected. We also reached out to five survey respondents for video-based interviews, which we transformed into a narrative podcast.