“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Leave it to the peerless author Oscar Wilde (Irish, 1854–1900) to sum up the spirit of Pride Month with typical wit and verve. This father figure of the camp sensibility was ahead of his time in his transgressively flamboyant public persona—and sadly a victim of the prejudices of his era, famously sentenced to a two-year prison sentence for the “gross indecency” of being gay.
How times have changed. This June marks the 50th anniversary of the watershed Stonewall riots, when a few brave LGBTQ folks dared to stand up the authorities for the right to be themselves—kicking off one of the most important civil-rights movements in recent memory. That makes this year’s Pride Month extra special, a moment to come together and continue the never-ending fight for equal rights—and to loudly celebrate diversity, in all its glorious colors, genders, sizes, and shapes.
To celebrate both Pride Month and the exuberant exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion, we got inspired by Wilde’s quote—and have taken it over the rainbow. Literally. Emblazoned on totes, pouches, sweatshirts, and more, this bold expression of individuality will make you stand out. You can dress up your home, as well, with brightly colored trays and pennants. Tie our rainbow scarf or bandana around your neck, waist, or bag for a not-so-subtle signal of your best self.
To Oscar Wilde, the Stonewall generation, and so many other activists and allies, we offer our profound thanks. To everyone else, we offer spirited wishes for a Pride Month filled with remembrance and joy.