dapperQ Masculine Gender Queer Fashion Show at Brooklyn Museum

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, dapperQ, the leading style website for masculine women and trans-identified individuals, produced one of the world’s largest gender-queer fashion shows in association with Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays. The show, titled (un)Heeled: A Fashion Show for the Unconventionally Masculine, provided an alternative narrative to the Museum’s current Killer Heels exhibition  and explored the new frontiers of fashion, all set in the Museum’s 10,000 square foot Beaux Arts Court.

DapperQ presents: (un)HEELED: A Fashion Show for the Unconventionally Masculine from April Maxey on Vimeo.

Six notable “menswear” brands designing masculine attire for women and trans-identified customers, including Bindle & Keep, subject of a new trans* style documentary produced by Lena Dunham, the writer, creator, and star of the hit HBO series Girls, took to the runway to share diverse, fashion-forward collections. Other participating brands included Sir New York, St. Harridan, Goorin Bros., Sharpe Suiting, Jag & Co., and Angie Chuang. In total, 47 masculine gender-queer models, including female-identified menswear model Elliot Sailors, represented a variety of aesthetics, from the vintage dandy style of Jag & Co. to the GQ acclaimed athletic street Goth pieces in Sir New York’s collections.

In a powerful show of solidarity, Saint Harridan models walked the runway holding “Black Lives Matter” signs. The dapperQ production team closed the show in a “Hands Up” pose; a crowd of hundreds joined in. (un)Heeled Executive Producer and dapperQ’s Editor-in-Chief Anita Dolce Vita stated, “We cannot extricate style from politics in the queer community. Fashion is not just fashion. For some, simply wearing a suit is a radical and political act. dapperQ is a queer fashion revolution, one of the most stylish forms of protest of our generation. We stand in solidarity.”


Through diverse interactive programming and a multi-brand runway show, (un)Heeled used fashion as a common language and springboard to redefine masculinity; open discussions about gender identity and expression; build and strengthen allyships; educate; and increase visibility and access. “Many of our readers’ identities have been erased. When there is little in society that represents them, there is often no point of reference for their existence. We work to provide that visibility and space,” said Dolce Vita.

dapperQ Producers_Photo by Steve PruedapperQ team ends show with #HandsUpDontShoot protest in solidarity. Photo by Steve Prue.

Hands UpHundreds in the audience join in #HandsUpDontShoot.

The show was also reflective of one of the hottest trends in fashion: the blurring of traditional gender boundaries. From the tomboy hair and makeup at Alexander Wang’s recent womenwear shows, to the “boyfriend” (*note, dapperQ is not a fan of this term) jeans and masculine oxford shoes currently sold in “women’s” sections at major retailers, gender blending is the “it” aesthetic. dapperQ’s producers are hopeful that this trend becomes a mainstay and an example of society’s changing attitudes towards gender identity and expression.

Here are select images from the show. Visit our Facebook page to see the full album, complete with over 150+ images from this historic night. And, stay tuned, because we will be showcasing all 47 models in a runway spotlight in the next few weeks.

Bindle & KeepBindle & Keep. Photographybysuri.

10858444_687486458037664_8824148463810447224_nAngie Chuang. Photo by March 13 Photography

Saint Harridan_Photo by Maro Hagopian (9)Saint Harridan. Photo by Maro Hagopian.

Kay UlandayPhotographybysuri.

Saint Harridan_Photo by Maro Hagopian (8)Saint Harridan. Photo by Maro Hagopian.

jag and coPhotographybysuri.

Jag and co2Photographybysuri

DapperQ1214-SharpeSuiting-0702Sharpe Suiting. Photo by Steve Prue.

DapperQ1214-SharpeSuiting-0740Sharpe Suiting. Photo by Steve Prue.

Sir New YorkSir New York. Photographybysuri.

10394128_687490008037309_1611383071803104611_nElliot Sailors for Sir New York. March 13 Photography

IMG_6477Sir New York. Photo by Jolie Kinga.

IMG_6500Saint Harridan (left) and Sir New York (right). Photo by Jolie Kinga.

saint harridanSaint Harridan celebrates after the show. Photographybysuri.

Runway music by DJ Mursi Layne. Play/download the mix now and relive the night!

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