dapperQ is proud to announce that we will executive produce iD, the largest New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway event showcasing queer style to be held at world renowned Brooklyn Museum on the opening day of NYFW, Thursday, September 8, 2016. Free admission! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/825039944262493
iD will feature seven designers from L.A., NYC, and London whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture. The designer lineup includes Sir New York, which has received kudos in GQ and has Jaden Smith and Usher among their celebrity clientele. Celebrity androgynous models Casey Legler, the first female model signed by Ford to their male model roster, and Rain Dove, the current face of Dove’s #MyBeautyMySay campaign, are also slated to take the stage, alongside rappers Cakes da Killa and Will Sheridan.
“We are very proud to celebrate seven designers and over 60 models that represent the LGBTQ community at Brooklyn Museum for the third consecutive year,” says Anita Dolce Vita, iD Executive Producer and owner of dapperQ. “At a time when oppressors are trying to erase our very being, passing bathroom bills and declaring that we have contributed little to civilization, this show provides a platform to celebrate our identities, our style, our bodies, our rich diversity, and our incredible contributions to art and fashion.”
Deeba Zivari, iD Associate Producer, shared, “Over three years of co-producing dapperQ fashion shows, I have had the humbling experience of forging language, visual arts, and bodies, especially my own as a Persian American Jew, into an inclusive space that will continue to grow beyond itself.”
Colette Lee Morales of Colette Lee Productions, iD Associate Producers and Runway Directors, expanded, “Fashion is one of the most important elements of self –expression and everyone, even those who present outside rigid normative expectations, deserves a platform to express themselves.”
Queer style is not only on the forefront of post-demographic consumerism and androgynous style trends in mainstream fashion, as reflected in campaigns like Louis Vuitton casting Jaden Smith as the face of their womenswear collection. It also has immense emancipatory potential that extends beyond the LGBTQ community.
iD invites viewers to critically examine the sociopolitical power of fashion in relation to gender constructs, as fashion both shapes and is shaped by society and serves as an important agent for positive change.
Join us in revolutionizing fashion!
Thursday, September 8th
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
*FREE ADMISSION: RUNWAY SHOW, MUSIC, EAT, DRINK, ACCESS TO MUSEUM EXHIBITS *
Mini Pop-Up Shops ft:
► Angie Chuang
► NiK Kacy Footwear
► Sharpe Suiting
► Sir New York
► Stuzo Clothing
► The Tailory
► WE ARE MORTALS
Intactive Programing ft:
► How-To Tie Ties by Unbound Estilo
► Every Body: From Head to Toe by Sharpe Suiting + NiK Kacy
► Queer Unicorn Hats by artist Alma Selimovic
☆ Runway beats by DJ M.O.
Hailing from Virginia, DJ M.O. (born Monet Bernard) began her career at the University of Virginia in 2008, DJing numerous parties and events around the campus and within the Charlottesville community. After graduating, M.O moved on to play venues in Washington, D.C, and northern Virginia. Currently, M.O. has set her sights on New York City, already landing gigs around Manhattan with the likes of Whitney Day, Truckstop NYC, & Queer & Utter Bedlam. As an avid lover music and an overall good time, M.O. brings a unique style to every party she plays. Whether its Hip-Hop, Top 40s, or Dance, M.O. sets the tone with inventive mixes and a knack for reading every audience.
☆ Runway MC: Alex Berg
Alex Berg is a host, producer and writer specializing in LGBTQ issues, politics and social justice topics. Alex is a bisexual and queer producer and on-air talent at The Huffington Post, where she recently anchored HuffPost’s video coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Last year, Alex appeared on ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’ to discuss female sexuality and, in 2014, her coverage of the Bisexual White House Summit was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and more. You can see more of her work here: http://alex.lgbt/.
Runway show ft:
► Angie Chuang (NYC)
Angie Chuang is a fashion designer who defies convention by breaking boundaries and blurring gender lines with her androgynous aesthetic. Her inspiration draws from the arts and fixates on the future. Angie Chuang is clothing that empowers and dares all who wear to be bold.
► NiK Kacy Footwear (Los Angeles)
NiK Kacy is a line of luxury gender-neutral footwear. Their first collection, named “Fortune”, consists of 5 classically masculine looking styles, now modernized with colorful contrasts and re-proportioned to fit those who identify in whatever spirit they deem fit. NiK’s desire for gender equality extends further by expanding their label to include an upcoming feminine collection, featuring high-heel styled shoes in the same European unisex sizes ranging from 34-47 (US women’s 3.5 to men’s 14).
► Sharpe Suiting (Los Angeles)
Sharpe Suiting is an L.A. based queer-centric suit company that constructs clothing for ALL body types and identities. Their designs been featured on the Today Show, ABC News, and HuffPo Live; in the Wall Street Journal, Out, the Advocate, Curve, and AfterEllen; and on the Cannes, Oscars, and Emmy’s red carpets.
► Sir New York (NYC)
Receiving acclaim from major menswear media like GQ, Complex, and Hypebeast, Sir New York is hailed as being at the epicenter of a momentous shift in menswear, playing with mix goth, streetwear, and sportswear looks simultaneously. Jaden Smith, Wiz Kahlifa, French Montana, and members of the hip hop collective A$AP Mob are among Sir New York’s celebrity clientele.
► Stuzo clothing (Los Angeles)
Owned and operated by QPOC couple Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme, Stuzo Clothing is a line of affordable, genderless, laid-back Cali street style. Stuzo has been worn by androgynous model Madison Paige, Kiyomi McCloskey of Hunter Valentine and The Real L-Word, and rapper and choreographer Lady Cultura. Stuzo only produces a few pieces per design in order to provide quality, limited edition products.
► The Tailory New York (NYC)
Woman owned and operated, the Tailory New York is an appointment only custom clothing company that combines the modernity of fashion design with the heritage art of custom tailoring for all genders. The Tailory has been featured on queer style blogs such as A Dapper Chick and She’s a Gent, as well as in Curve Magazine, the nation’s best selling lesbian magazine.
► Thomas Thomas (SJW from London)
Launched in 2013, Thomas Thomas, the eponymous womenswear collection of London born creative director SJ Weston was envisioned from a lifelong passion for menswear and the designer’s provocative ideals to blur boundaries. Inspired by traditional menswear, each collection bridges the gap between both menswear and womenswear and tradition and modernity.
► We Are Mortals (Los Angeles)
Made in downtown Los Angeles, WE ARE MORTALS is a gender-fluid homogeneous urban streetwear brand with an artistic, futuristic sensibility, that challenges conventional myths and mores surrounding gender identity. Their designs have been featured on high profile queer artists, such as Le1f and Zebra Katz.
Food & Drink:
Michelin-starred The Norm restaurant and bar is open all evening. The Counter café serves sandwiches, salads, and sweets, as well as wine and local beer. Also, there is happy hour all night.
Hot Rabbit Presents: Official id New York Fashion Week After Party at Woodland, 242 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
*There is a $10 cover charge for the Official iD After Party @ Woodland. Free Admission to the iD Runway Show does not include the Hot Rabbit After Party but we encourage our guests to attend! A portion of all proceeds from the After Party will benefit the production of the iD Runway Show*
dapperQ’s iD is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Museum with support by official sponsor Squarespace and lighting sponsor TomboyX. All galleries are free and open to the public from 6pm until 10pm!!! Come early, stay late!
TomboyX offers stylish clothing for tomboys and independent spirits. Their signature gender-neutrual underwear has been featured in WWD, Yahoo, Autostraddle, and AfterEllen and worn by celebrity models such as Rain Dove.
www.dapperQ.com is the leading style website for masculine presenting women and transmasculine individuals.
Executive Producers: dapperQ
Associate Producers/Runway Directors: Colette Lee Productions
THIS! The legendary Hot Rabbit presents the largest LGBTQ New York Fashion Week dance party and official after party of iD at Woodland, just minutes away from Brooklyn Museum! Doors open at 10PM with food, models, bottles, and dancing until 3AM. $10 cover. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/942812289162693
The iD fashion show is made possible by dapperQ’s partnership with Brooklyn Museum; official sponsor Squarespace; lighting sponsor TomboyX; after party sponsors Outplay and Gender Free World; and after party donations from Hot Rabbit. Backstage refreshments for volunteer models were generously donated by Henrietta Hudson and Baba Cool.
Feature image by Sarah Karlan via BuzzFeed