Grace Moon is the energizing presence behind velvetpark — the magazine and on-line portal celebrating “dyke culture in bloom” since 2004. She’s also a phenomenal artist whose current work — When Girls Were Boys and Boys Were Girls — just debuted in an opening this past Friday night at Leslie/Lohman Gallery. That’s where Candice Williamson (who edited this video) and I met her to capture the third of dapperQ’s street fashion videos.
Ours weren’t the only cameras on Grace at the event, but for us she waxed eloquent about how her sense of style reflects not only her cultural heritage (part Korean and part Chinese) but her top-of-mind political concerns (Marxist look reflecting “socialist” healthcare proposals) and her charm with the ladies (what’s inside that Lucky Brand zipper?)
As the camera was rolling — I was reminded how important it is for young dapperQ’s to see in Grace how bright their future can shine. She isn’t just glam, although she clearly is. She’s got a palpable generosity of spirit which is richly reflected throughout velvetpark. It’s that same generosity of spirit to which dapper Q aspires in the months and years to come.
In her post about dapperQ, Grace wrote, “No, Susan’s got it right, queer fashion is something that continues to evolve, and so therefore it needs to be constantly monitored. Devoting a whole site to queer fashion is a long time coming, thanks to the Goddess someone finally did it.”
Run if you want to beat the crowds flocking to buy this trendsetter’s frames at Kawaii Optics on Carmine St. Tell ’em Velvet Park, Grace Moon and dapperQ sent you…