Digital Casting: Models, Designers, and Volunteers for Annual NYFW Show at Brooklyn Museum

dapperQ will be hosting our fifth annual New York Fashion Week show at Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The show, titled Dress Code, will feature 8-10 designers whose work is systemically rooted in gender non-conformity.

Dress Code: Clothing is a coded language and one of the first visible markers of our identities. Garments have the power to uphold ridged stereotypes about gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, profession, abilities, religion, political affiliation, and more. Dress Code invites the audience to reflect on the initial meanings they assign to each ensemble as outfits come down the runway and then challenge themselves to think about other possible alternative narratives the outfits could be presenting that fall outside of one’s own initial perception.

We are currently seeking designers, models, and volunteers to be a part of this incredible event that has become a cornerstone of celebrating fashion and identities in our communities.

2017 show. Stuzo Clothing. Photographer Molly Adams.

The designer application can be found here. Details about due dates, participation fees (if selected), and collection assessment can be found in the digital application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Designers are responsible for casting their own volunteer models. However, dapperQ is currently hosting a digital casting until May 15, 2018 to assist with the casting process. All submissions will be shared with the designers who will have the final say in their own casting for their respective collections.

2017 show. Model Armine in The Tailory NYC. Photo by Eric Jukelevics.

Prospective models must submit the following to [email protected] with “Model” in subject line to be considered:

– Head shot, portfolio, or high resolution head-to-toe body shot;
– Height
– Weight
– Body measurements including neck, chest, arm length, hips, and inseam in inches cms

All shapes, sizes, and gender presentations and expressions welcome!

The show does not generate any profit and the entire production team is made up of volunteers, like you! We would not be able to pull this show together for the community without the help of volunteers. Currently, we are seeking volunteers for a variety of roles, including, but not limited to:

– VIP seating ushers
– VIP/Press check-in
– Press ushers
– dapperQ Brand Ambassadors for information table
– Designer assistants
– Hair and makeup artists
– Event, runway, step & repeat, and photo booth photographers
– Event videographer
– Social media hype people
– Tech support
– …and much, much more

We provide snacks and beverages, as well as references for working on a major production at a world renowned museum. Additionally, volunteers get all the behind the scenes access, including to areas only available to producers, museum staff, designers, and models! If you are interested in being a part of our awesome queer crew, please fill out the VolunQueer application here.

Backstage action: NYLON magazine interviews models and designers…

Backstage action: Designer Audio Helkuik preps models.

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  • Great so excited to see you guys again! Please check out our site clothing for tomboy style boxer brief also available for fem style. Would love to collab or help out. Email if you need anything. Thanks

  • Hi

    I live in South Africa and I’d love to volunteer but I doubt I can so I was wondering if you guys will have a live broadcast for that day or an app that runs with real time (SAP) like the Badgely Mischka Runway Mobile App from the NYFW?

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