This weekender bag has been designed and made exclusively for the NGV design store in celebration of the exhibition, QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection.
QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection spans historical eras and diverse media, exploring queerness as an expression of sexuality and gender, a political movement, a sensibility, and as an attitude that defies fixed definition.
About the artwork
Features an interior pocket and zip closure
Dimensions: 59.5cm x 40cm x 10cm
Made in Melbourne
Exclusive to the NGV design store
Boys will be boys is one of the first textiles Australian fashion designer Gavin Brown released under his label, Plain Jane. The distinctive design portrays various icons of masculinity, including tattooed, quiff-haired bikers and leathermen, in cartoonish vignettes surrounded by crosses. Brown’s designs acknowledge a fluidity in masculine presentations that was popular among the gay community in the years before the design was made. Tom of Finland (whose distinctive iconography is also referenced in David McDiarmid’s Toxic Queen) had already queered the biker through overt, exaggerated masculine presentation in his drawings.
Plain Jane, Melbourne (fashion house)
Gavin Brown (designer)
Australian born 1964
Boys will be boys 1984
screenprinted cotton 151.0 x 110.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2009
© Gavin Brown