*Feature image: Berluti, Fall/Winter 2015 by Alessandro Sartori, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. © Daniel Beres
HAPPY BIRTHDAY dapperQ! Ten years ago this year, dapperQ, one of the world’s most widely read queer style digital magazines, went live on the web. On March 8, 2009, dapperQ.com published our first digital article, “How to Shoot a Street Style Video.” The vid a tad grainy, but we are still going strong a DECADE later in a media landscape that has seen so many LGBTQ platforms shudder their doors. Today, we continue to reach incredible heights thanks to our supportive communities and dedicated readers, and we stand alongside and congratulate two of our major supporters also celebrating 10 years this year: Autostraddle and bklyn boihood.
Originally dubbed GQ for the “unconventionally masculine,” dapperQ was among the first digital spaces to champion “menswear” for those traditionally under-served by mainstream menswear media and designers, and has since expanded to celebrate the full spectrum of queer style with our sibling project Hi Femme!. dapperQ produces wide-ranging original content and events for which it has received media coverage in The New York Times, HBO, Vanity Fair, NBC News, Vice, Nylon, Refinery29, The Daily Beast, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post, to name a few. Our events have been showcased at world renowned cultural institutions, including Brooklyn Museum, the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, California Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, South by Southwest, and The International Center of Photography.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating this important anniversary with a year full of events across the U.S. This is continues to grow, so book mark it for updates on how to purchase tickets and apply for modeling opportunities, production positions, and designer features.
South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 9-11
dapperQ is returning for our FOURTH year as official speakers at SXSW.With over 72,000 attendees from over 86 countries annually, SXSW is considered to be where the world’s most prominent influencers in tech, art, music, fashion, and film go to present, learn, entertain, and network.
SXSW receives over 4,600 proposals annually. We are deeply honored to have been selected by SxSW as one of the most influential thought leaders in our industry. This year, dapperQ is moderating a panel “Blurred Lines: Beauty in a Gender Fluid World;” dapperQ Publisher Anita Dolce Vita is speaking on a panel “RIP Lesbian Bars: Creating Spaces For LGBTQ +WOMXN;” and we will be dancing the night away with Lesbutante and the boss at their “L&B Official SXSWi Lgbtqia+ Bash: ATX Power featuring dapperQ.”
Join us for a “special edition” of our Second Friday Ladies Night at Sellers Underground on Friday March 8, 2019! Although this is an OFFICIAL SXSW party, there in NO BADGE REQUIRED. Our goal is FULL ACCESSIBILITY to the LGBTQIA+ community. L&B Official SXSWi Lgbtqia+ Bash: ATX Power featuring dapperQ.
Blurred Lines: Beauty in a Gender Fluid World
Mar 9, 2019 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
The beauty and cosmetics industry has long focused on marketing to a narrow demographic of homogeneous women. However, social media and greater acceptance of non-binary gender identities and gender presentations are challenging the beauty industry to be more diverse and inclusive. Younger generations are abandoning conventional notions of gender and social media platforms are spurring the democratization of beauty that allows for transcending gender-based beauty boundaries and for consumers across the gender spectrum to emerge as the creative directors of their own beauty without corporate brands dictating how they should look. Our panel of queer beauty experts and bloggers will discuss how these changes are are impacting the landscape of the beauty and cosmetics industry.
RIP Lesbian Bars: Creating Spaces For LGBTQ +WOMXN
Mar 10, 2019 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
As the LGBTQ community gains more acceptance in the world, we’ve seen a smaller amount of spaces dedicated to the community, specifically ones for womxn. Although equality is what we continue to fight for, we don’t want to be homogenized into the greater public. This would make us less visible and less accessible to those seeking out their community. With the closing of lesbian bars, we need to pioneer the new movement that creates community without solely depending on a bar. This panel will discuss why it’s important to continue to create these spaces without having a brick and mortar location, and why the “temporary” separation is necessary. Last, we will discuss why cities with womxn focused events have a significantly higher attendance as a whole during Pride celebrations.
The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, March 15th, 8pm to 2am
Note: Tickets to the event are almost sold out online (over 2200 have been sold, and 2500 are available. However, additional tickets will be available at the door.” Facebook invite here: Wear your best look and join us for a special sneak peek of “Gender Bending Fashion” at the next edition of the MFA Late Nites, an after-hours celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The event features a wide range of programming created in partnership with local organizations, artists, and more:
• Preview “Gender Bending Fashion” before it opens to the public on March 21! The exhibition looks across a century of style that dares to break the rules regarding the relationship between gender and dress. More than 60 boundary-pushing designs are featured, presenting the work of groundbreaking contemporary designers—including Alessandro Trincone Official, Rad Hourani and Thom Solo—in the context of historical trends like the garçonne look of the 1920s and the peacock revolution of the 1960s.
• “Hip Hop + Haute Couture,” a lineup of performers in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, curated by Billy Dean Thomas featuring designs by Villada Michelle. The lineup includes DJ sets and live performances by Vintage Lee, DJ SLICK VICK, Neon Calypso, Abdul Johnson and Boston Chery.
• Explore the work of designers SALT, A/C SPACE, Landeros New York and Stuzo clothing in “Ungendering Fashion,” a presentation curated by dapperQ. Each designer will present their collections in custom, interactive installations throughout the evening.
• New York City-based The Phluid Project, the world’s first gender-free clothing store, will offer select apparel from their new spring 2019 line in the Main Bookstore & Shop.
• Stop by Fluide‘s Beauty Bar, featuring an on-site makeup artist, pop-up shop and DIY makeup station. Fluide is a collection of high-impact, cruelty-free makeup for all skin tones, gender expressions and gender identities.
• Find your new favorite ‘zine, a boldly designed poster, evocative jewelry and more at the Maker Market, which will highlight queer, trans and gender nonconforming artists making work in Boston and beyond.
• Express yourself in the Karaoke Lounge with DJ Dayglow! Request a song, bring a drink and try out a new look with fun props and accessories while you perform.
• Get inspired by boundary-pushing designs in “Gender Bending Fashion” and create your own stylish accessories to wear throughout the night.
• In addition to “Gender Bending Fashion,” explore the exhibitions “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico,” “Postwar Visions: European Photography, 1945–60,” “Radical Geometries: Bauhaus Prints, 1919–33” and “Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity.”
• Enjoy a variety of food and drink options, including a tasting menu in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, a Beer Garden located in the Garden Cafeteria and wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks at Taste Café.
Hetrick Martin Spreaker Series, March 21st, 6-8pm
Join us 2 WEEKS from today for our Speaker Series on March 21 at The Phluid Project. Our quarterly discussion this month will be “The Future of Gender Non-Conforming Fashion” moderated by Alex Berg with panelists Anita Dolce Vita, Henry Bae, Rae Angelo Tutera and Kris Harrington. RSVP and learn more about the event and panelists at www.hmi.org/ss19. Admission is free but limited space is available so secure your spot asap. #youthmatter #hmi40
Word Pride, New York City (Youth Pride, TEAZE)
dapperQ will be continuing our partnership with Youth Pride and Target! Stay tuned for event details and model casting calls (18-22 for youth specific show.)
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Saturday, June 29, 2019 – Time: 12 – 6pm
TEAZE + DAPPERQ 10 + WORLD PRIDE DANCE PARTY, NEW YORK, NY, June 29, 5pm
Sooooo, you wanna dance with somebody? You wanna feel the HEAT with somebody? Well, dapperQ is PROUD to commemorate our 10 year anniversary event with a STONEWALL 50 World Pride dance party bash in collaboration with TEAZE, an official NYC Pride/World Pride inclusive LGBTQIA+ party where all proud bodies are welcome. Tickets available for purchase here.
Sixth Annual New York Fashion Week Queer Runway Event at Brooklyn Museum, Thursday, September 5th
Casey Legler in New Sir York. Photo by Hannah Cohen
Brooklyn Museum has become THE house for queer style during New York Fashion week and we are honored to continue our partnership with them as we produce our sixth consecutive show there and as we enter our 10th year of serving dapperQ realness. Bookmark this page so you can learn more about casting calls, tickets, designer lineups, and more. This show is what queer fashion media insiders call their “Pride” and it is attended by over 2,500 guest, including high level press from Vanity Fair, your favorite queer DJs, LGBTQIA designers and models, and so much more!