Yes, We did it again!!!
These handsome Gents and Lady representing at the Brooklyn Museum DapperQ Show
'I feel loved': Bridesmaid shares her joy after her childhood friend transformed the gown she was supposed to wear at her wedding into a stylish suit to better fit her 'masculine, queer' style…
As part of an analysis and celebration of the ways in which art is utilized as visual activism to create visibility and positive sociopolitical change for LGBTQI communities, VERGE will present a Boston Fashion Week queer style event executive produced by dapperQ featuring Brooklyn Based Bespoke Designer Jag & Co, Jaguar and Company Clothier. These designers whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture. Featured collections were selectively chosen to embody the enigma of a vastl diverse aesthetic that is simultaneously chaotic and orderly. The viewer is invited to explore the question “What is queer style?”
FIRST FRIDAY'S: FASHION FORWARD
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By Kristen McCallum/
Photos By Lola Waters (adventuresoflolawaters.blogspot.com)
This past Saturday, December 6 at the Brooklyn Museum, dapperQ, the popular fashion resource for masculine women and trans-identified individuals, put on an impressive display of genderqueer genius. Juxtaposed to the museum’s current Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe exhibition, which highlights the history of the high heel, (un)Heeled: A Fashion Show for the Unconventionally Masculine served as ”an alternative narrative.”
It’s a sentiment shared by Jaguar Beckford, CEO and designer of Brooklyn-based clothier, Jag & Co. “I felt as if we were the yin to the Killer Heels yang.” When asked what she saw as her company’s role in the fashion show, Jaguar was very candid about the opportunity to help “redefine gender identity and expression.” She went on to say, “dapperQ has been helping inspire, as well as tutor in the realm of androgynous style for nearly six years. We are doing the same and were featured as a bespoke tailoring company designing for the masculine-identified gender and some in between.” This was not an event to miss. ELIXHER was in the building so our readers wouldn’t have to.
By 7 p.m., Beaux-Arts Court, a beautifully lit space within the museum (think: high ceilings, historic archways, and glass-tile floors), was buzzing with live music by DJ M.O., designer pop-up shops, and how-to lessons from tying bow-ties to styling socks. As the crowd of well-dressed attendees grew, I bumped into Brooklyn-based fashion designer Lauren Hailey who spoke briefly about her line of “classic menswear and war-time pieces for the genderless and for those interested in style over trends.” She had definitely come to the right place and she clearly knew it as she comfortably continued to network.
The fashion show began a little after 8:30 p.m. with selected music from Brooklyn’s own DJ Mursi Layne, who also played a live set after the runway portion concluded. As the audience engaged in rightful ogling of the models and their showcase pieces, I was excited by the visibility of the queer people of color community.
Modeling for the L.A.-based “queer-centric” suiting company, Sharpe Suiting, was professional rugby player and 11-year Team USA veteran, Phaidra Knight (who is also currently training as a 2016 USA Rugby Team Olympic hopeful).
On the last night of New York Fashion Week, the Brooklyn Museum set the scene for VERGE — the largest queer fashion event of NYFW.
This is the second time dapperQ, the “premier style and empowerment website for masculine presenting women, gender queers, and trans-identified individuals,” has put on the fashion week event. This year’s show was made possible by a collaboration between bklyn boihood, DYDH Productions, and Posture Magazine, The show featured eight collections from various out queer designers includingMARKANTOINE, SunSun, Jag & Co, and LACTIC.
Backstage at VERGE: Queer New York Fashion Week’s event with out models and designers...
Last night at the Brooklyn Museum, queer fashion had its part in New York Fashion Week. dapperQ, bklyn boihood, Posture Magazine and D.Y.D.H. Productions put togetherVERGE, eight different collections from queer designers: Fabio Costa of NotEqual, Karen Quirion ofKQK, SunSun, Jag & Co., Sandra Gagalo, LACTIC, Fony and MARKANTOINE. More than 70 models took the stage, including Marcia Alvarado, Rain Dove and Merika Palmiste, all of whom walked as male models in other NYFW shows.
Check out this gallery of the models and designers backstage, attendees posing on the carpet, and other special guests who sat front row.
By Trish Bendix on
GenderQueer Fashion's Night At the Museum
Fashion show or performance art piece? No, we’re not talking about Kanye’s Yeezy Season 2 spectacle, but a massive, multi-designer runway show that went down at Brooklyn Museum Thursday night. Throngs of people headed out to the museum’s ornate Beaux Arts Court for Verge: Queer NYFW.
Organized by DapperQ, Bklyn Boihood, DYDH Productions, and queer arts publicationPosture magazine, the event was at least 45 solid minutes of fashion. dapperQ, a popular style site focused on masculine attire for gender non-conforming people, women, and trans-identified individuals, executive-produced Verge. The extensive showing brought out collections from eight designers:LACTIC, Not Equal by Fabio Costa, KQK by Karen Quirion, Fony, MARKANTOINE, SAGA by Sandra Gagalo, SunSun, and Jag & Co. all showed their wares at the event. Here are a few highlights.