15 Fantasy Moments from dapperQ Runway Shows Proving Victoria’s Secret Wrong

This  year, dapperQ wrapped our fifth annual New York Fashion Week show at Brooklyn Museum. While this was our fifth show at Brooklyn Museum, the event actually marked our 12th queer style runway show since our launch in 2009. Every year, we aspire to bring more diversity to the runway, a diversity that reflects the rich beauty of our LGBTQIA+ communities and the ever evolving, fluid aesthetic that is queer fashion. Many mainstream media outlets do not fully understand the importance of an annual queer-specific NYFW show, because the perception is that we are a “niche,” one-off market and event and/or that mainstream fashion is already doing a decent job at representing all bodies. But, we know that neither of these perceptions are true. Take for example the latest from Victoria’s Secret. The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show recently aired, and the brand’s 70-year-old chief marketing officer Ed Razek, who is also involved with model casting, stated that they purposefully do not include transgender, plus size, or older models in the show, adding, “Why did we include that person? And did we include them to shut up a reporter? Did we include them because it was the right thing to do or because it was the politically correct thing to do? So it’s like, why don’t you do 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24? It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy.” Razek’s attitude is still deeply entrenched throughout mainstream fashion, which also erases people of diverse races and ethnic backgrounds as well. And, this is why our annual show is so important to elevating fashion. Here are 15 fashion-forward fantasy moments in the history of dapperQ fashion shows.

 

Show: dapperQ Dress Code, 2018
Designer: TomboyX ft. Squirrel vs Coyote
Photographer: Emily Chan

 

Show: dapperQ VERGE, 2015
Designer: Lactic
Photographer: Katya Moorman/Karen L. Dunn

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: Audio Helkuik
Photographer: Emily Chan

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: TomboyX ft. Clear Coated
Photographer: Emily Chan

 

Show: dapperQ iD, 2016
Designer: Angie Chuang (now A/C Space)
Photographer: Hannah Cohen

 

Show: dapperQ Dress Code, 2018
Designer: Kris Harring
Photographer: Debbie-jean Lemonte

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: TomboyX ft. Clear Coated
Photographer: Debbie-jean Lemonte

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: Audio Helkuik
Photographer: Emily Chan

 

Show: dapperQ VERGE, 2015
Designer: Lactic
Photographer: Katya Moorman/Karen L. Dunn

 

Show: dapperQ iD, 2016
Designer: Stuzo Clothing
Photographer: Molly Adams

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: TomboyX ft. Clear Coated
Photographer: Emily Chan

 

Show: dapperQ Dress Code, 2018
Designer: SALT
Photographer: Debbie-jean Lemonte

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: Clio Sage
Photographer: Debbie-jean Lemonte

 

Show: dapperQ R/Evolution, 2017
Designer: Audio Helkuik
Photographer: Hannah Cohen

 

Show: dapperQ Dress Code, 2018
Designer: Kris Harring
Photographer: Kat Contreras

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