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Putting Queers on the Map: Dan Levy's Look Brings LGBTQ+ Lexicon to The Met

Dan Levy at 2021 Met

Out comedian, writer, and director Dan Levy — who was Cartier's guest at Metropolitan Museum of Art gala — called  collaborated with Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson on his custom red-carpet look. 

Reflecting the theme "America: A Lexicon of Fashion" Anderson's outfit for the Canadian features sections of maps from all of the Americas, reminding the world that the U.S. is not alone on the American continent(s). 

 

Dan Levy at 2021 Met

 

“I had asked Jonathan if he would be into dressing me just because…I just love his perspective on fashion and thought that he’d be a really great person to collaborate with on this,” the actor explained to Vanity Fair. “He’s so thoughtful, unexpected, and artful in his approach to what he wants to say with the clothes that he designs…. Fortunately, he said yes, and fortunately he did have some great ideas.”

As a designer who has long celebrated artists, it's not surprising that one of those ideas was to incorporate the work of another queer artist (and AIDS activist) David Wojnarowicz, whose work centered gay sexuality, confronted systematic discrimination, and the abandonment of the LGBTQ+ community in the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

 

Dan Levy at 2021 Met
 
 
Pulling in the visual lexicon from two of Wojnarowicz’s famed worksFuck You F--got Fucker, 1984, and Untitled (One Day This Kid…), 1990–91, Levy told Vanity Fair he and Anderson wanted to reflect the works themes of celebrating “queer love and queer visibility” while also making it clear that “there’s a lot more that needs to be done.”

The design features hand embroidery and beading in addition to the printed fabric.

 

Dan Levy at 2021 Met from back
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