The Fashion & Textile Museum in Bermondsey is putting on a series of panel discussions on crossdressing this month. Still to come:
14 September: Crossdressing in Non-European Cultures:
Crossdressing is not a European phenomenon, but exists throughout the world. This evening will focus in particular on the Hijra of Pakistan and India, the traditional and colourful transvestites and transsexuals of Asia.
21 September: Female to Male Crossdressing:
Alison Bancroft is back for this evening discussion, which will look at the long and often unrecognised history of women dressing in “men\x92s clothing”. Alison will look at the reasons for such crossdressing, focussing on well-known personalities from the past to the present day. Case studies will include Pope Joan, Anne Bonney and Mary Read, Marlene Dietrich and Madonna.
28 September: Grayson Perry Explores Contemporary British Crossdressing:
Turner-Prize winning artist and well-known crossdresser Grayson Perry will host an evening that will explore modern day crossdressing in Britain, and concludes the series.
Tickets cost £7 each, or £5 for concessions, and start at 6:30pm. More info on the FTM website. Also, “crossdressing is encouraged for the talks!”