Auto Italia, London, 15 April 2023, 17:00 — 17:30
CAMP BOOKS, Alex Esculapio, Fenella Hitchcock and Rosa Kwir

Join us for the UK launch of Viscose 04 – Trans. The launch will include a panel with issue contributors Alex Esculapio, Fenella Hitchcock and Rosa Kwir, with a pop-up by queer book dealer CAMP Books.

In this issue, Viscose critically explores the numerous relationships between transness and fashion. It sets out to ask two ambivalent questions: what is a fashion theory of transness, and what might a trans theory of fashion be? Co-edited with scholars Alex Esculapio and Che Gossett, Viscose 04 productively confronts fashion studies with trans aesthetics and trans studies, and attempts to excavate the largely invisible archives of trans history that form the underside of fashion itself.

The issue, co-published with Leslie Lohman Museum in New York, features new contributions by a global cast of trans and queer writers, artists, and creatives, responding to the porous notion of “trans cultural production” as a genre full of potentiality. The issue features a wealth of archival and contemporary moments of trans fashion production spanning 50 years. The cover, designed by NYC-based designer and bookmaker Rissa Hochberger, celebrates histories of independent queer publishing, and doubles as a detachable poster.

The event is free to attend and no booking is necessary.