On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the opening day of New York Fashion Week, dapperQ, the world’s most widely read queer style website, provided an alternative to the traditional binary men’s/women’s shows with an eight designer, 70+ model queer fashion show at Brooklyn Museum. The show, titled Bloom, returned to world renowned Brooklyn Museum after a two year hiatus and, with over 1400 confirmed tickets sold and over 300 models, VIPs, and community brand ambassadors in attendance, was the largest New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway event showcasing queer style.
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This year’s show was hosted by CB Glasser, an MC and the architect and producer of some of the most infamous queer nightlife events across the country, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, LA, Miami, Palm Springs and more. Runway beats were provided by resident DJ MO. Cakes Da Killa, styled by designer Landeros, opened the show with a live performance featuring music from his next album, Svengali.
Notable members of our communities, including model DevinNorelle, front row guests Lachlan Watson and Jari Jones, guest Noella McMaher, who is the youngest transgender model to walk during NYFW at 10 years old, and Hester Sunshine of Project Runway, who debuted her first line under her new brand Hesta by Hester Sunshine at the event. Below are just a few of our favorite looks from the show.
The show’s executive producer and dapperQ owner Anita Dolce Vita states, “We are extremely honored to work with Brooklyn Museum for the seventh year to create a platform that celebrates queer bodies and queer style. LGBTQ and POC communities have a rich legacy of being creative visionaries in beauty and fashion, but our ideas are often co-opted without any credit or visibility. Bloom is for us and by us, bringing our talents, bodies, innovations, and voices to the forefront under one roof in Brooklyn Museum’s 10,000 square foot, artfully designed Beaux Arts Court.” The all queer dapperQ production team also notes that the production and support of shows such as Bloom are critical in a political climate that continues to target LGBTQIA+ identities through banning LGBTQIA+ books, attacking drag performances, and “Don’t Say Gay” legislation and bathroom bills. Our shows are both an act of defiance and self-love. Our oppressors try to bury us, and yet we bloom for the entire world to see.”
Anita Dolce Vita, Executive Producer
Genevieve Berrick, Hutch Hutchinson, and Senka Filipovic, Associate Producers
Sunday Santiago, Volunteer Coordinator
GAGE and David Lee Sierra, Runway Coordinators
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