Butch Fashion Show!

Last night’s Sartorial Summer, organized by Erin Burrows, definitively points to the fact that our time has come.  Sponsored by Femme Family NYC and Re/Dress NYC,  this Butch Fashion Show was a celebration of passion, joy, and bonds that are connecting us in new ways.

Bevin, who is “co-head madam” of the Femme Family NYC, not only handled PR for the event, but was also an incredibly charming “FemmeCee”.   (She is featured in the slide show in a polka dot dress standing next to a snappy lad boasting blue tie, plaid jacket, and a photo with her co-head madam.)  I really don’t mean to stereotype but, gawd, femmes like Bevin have a magic all their own.  Bevin is also on staff at Re/Dress NYC, the marvelous size 14+ vintage and resale store. (Couldn’t help but find myself fantasizing about a dapperQ launch party there in that great space).

@SartorialButch, who hails from Maine, followed Bevin with a rousing speech on the importance of experimenting with our looks and being kind with ourselves and each other as we do.  (Check out this dapper waxing euphoric in a green tie with requisite notes in hand.)

My favorite model was Lauren G., who is gaining notoriety not only for her excellent moves on the catwalk, but also for her Butchlesque soirees and her turn in our first set of how-to videos. (Lauren is featured four times – ! – in the slide show including once in shades.)  But hers wasn’t the only great strutting.  Topher, who is also cover model in this issue of Go!, punctuated each strut with a kick.  (Topher is featured in the slide show with his VERY tall friend.)

It was great to meet so many already enthusiastic fans of dapperQ who shared what they like best about the site.  I was, however, mortified that I let the 95+ degree weather and my job keep me from tricking out my own appearance.  (My wife was perhaps slightly more mortified.)  I once interviewed with Oprah for a job and she came in sans make-up and much of an outfit.  As she was walking in the door an associate asked if she was going to do the interview that way.    She said, “If she wants to know what I look like, she can turn on the TV.”  Hoping that you will trust that I can clean up when I set my mind to it, but I did manage to keep myself out of the shots.

I was also thrilled to have two very dapperQ, very talented photographers shooting for your viewing pleasure.  In the slide show, both are wearing ties.  Allie Leepson is on the left with an evil grin (taken) while Laura (single) is on the right with amazing specs and vest. Thanks to both of them for coming on to help me move dapperQ to the next level.

Susan Herr (Founder, Emeritus)

As a teacher, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur, Susan is passionately committed to advancing ideas that matter. She founded dapperQ in 2009 on the hunch that fashion could build solidarity in the GLBTQ community and positive visibility for her peers in the broader media landscape. For her work with dapperQ, Susan has been quoted and featured in media outlets that include the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Curve, and Diva. She was also named to Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love. She pays the bills as managing director for Trigger Creative, a film production company based in Brooklyn where she lives with her wife Shannon.

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5 Comments

  • So so so wishing I could have teleported over from the west coast! It looks like it was an amazing night – congrats on a successful event to all involved! Everyone looks fantastic AND happy.

  • Crash says:

    Nice idea in theory, but where I saw actual butches in these photos I did not see what I would term actual fashion.

    A dress shirt and tie is workday clothes, hardly cutting-edge. (And men with no shirts on is not really being dressed up, is it?)

  • Bevin says:

    Such great coverage!

    I LOVE the story about the Oprah interview (as I am the Queer Oprah and intend to have a talk show I love stories about her).

    Further, I have been thinking about the Dapper Q launch party a lot since you posted this and if you want help with PR, femmeceeing, curating, producing, etc… let me know.

  • FagDagger says:

    @crash: As an enthusiast about all things masculine, especially clothes & shoes I tend to think of “fashion” not as a rigid category but a vehicle for expression; it’s not a place, but a way to get there, if you will. But I am a west-coaster and we might just be more able to chill about these things

    That being said, as genderqueer folk everywhere, I would hope that we would not champion certain kinds of expressions (like around sex and gender) while squashing others. Further a “dress shirt and tie” or are only work clothes to some, like white people with white collar jobs so i would encourage you to challenge what you understand by interrogating some race & class privileges.

    Lastly, i feel there is only one rule regarding fashion and i would encourage all who comment to adhere to it: your opinion, while interesting, is ultimately irrelevant. Fashion, like sex, has no rules.

    Respectfully,
    FDagger

  • Lauren says:

    FagDagger, I think your comment is fantastic.

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