EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: DAPPERQ’S 8TH ANNUAL QUEER NYFW SHOW

On Thursday, September 7, 2023, 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 “Muse,” returned to world renowned Brooklyn Museum for our 8th annual NYFW show and with over 1300 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.


Video by Caity Arthur

This year’s show was hosted by Dev Doee (they/them), an actor, dancer, drag performer, beauty influencer, and cover model on dapperQ’s debut book dapperQ: Ungendering Fashion.

Photo by Grace Chu

Runway beats were provided by resident DJ MO, who is also featured in the book.

Photo by Lauren Ariel

Notable members of our communities, including models DevinNorelle, Jordan Underwood, Mimi Tao, Yves and NYC Council Member Crystal Hudson, as well as front row guests Stacy London, Alysse Dalessandro of Ready to StareMarquis Neal, the Dragon Sisters, Nicole Bloomgarden, Aiyana Lewis, and Stevie Jae Davis.

Marquis Neal, Cat Yezbak, Stacy London, and Alysse Dalessandro lensed by Lauren Ariel

Vanity Fair has stated of dapperQ’s shows, “Without question, dapperQ’s is one of the most diverse runways in Fashion Week” and this year the designers delivered on the same inclusive casting. This year’s show also leveled-up by showcasing the most diverse range of designer asthetics. The runway featured 8 designers whose collections ranged from couture gowns to space cowboy to traditional suiting to Hypebeast-worthy streetwear.

Designer lineup:

Guvanch
DANITHREADS
Buckethead Productions
Kirrin Finch
SUN SUN 
LLESSUR NYC
Soid Studios New York by José Gonzalez
Hesta

Designer Guvanch. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer DANITHREADS. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer Buckethead Productions. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer Kirrin Finch. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer SUN SUN. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer LLESSUR. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer Soid Studios. Photo by Grace Chu.

 

Designer Hesta by Hester Sunshine. Photo by Grace Chu.

Event attendees came dressed to impress and No Kill magazine was there to capture all of the street style vibes, while The Self Portrait Project captured all the fashion arrivals and Panorazzi returned for the second year with the 360 photo booth.

 

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Visit our albums Gallery and here and here for all street style, guest arrivals, and backstage BTS. Check out our Instagram for the full collection from all 8 designers.

The show’s executive producer and dapperQ owner Anita Dolce Vita states, “Witnessing the book come to life on the runway, and the legacy of our work, including our runway shows, come to life in the pages of a book was a defining moment LGBTQ+ fashion. Sharing the final walk with The Street Sensei was in honor of how our work has grown and how we have inspired each other, in many ways as muses for each other and our communities, over the past 8 years.”

dapperQ’s Muse was presented in partnership with Brooklyn Museum and sponsored by Meow Wolf with happy hour sponsored by Henrietta Hudson.

Anita Dolce Vita, author of dapperQ debut book, takes finale walk with The Street Sensei, the official book photographer. Photo by Grace Chu.

Executive Producer: Anita Dolce Vita

Associate production team (left to right): Genevieve, CB, Buffy, Senka, Sunday, Hutch, Kayla. Photo by Grace Chu.

Associate Producers: Genevieve Berrick, Hutch Hutchinson, Senka F., Sunday Santiago, and Char “CB” Alexander.

Buffy: Runway Coordinator

Kayla Elorza: Graphic Designers & Runway Visuals Coordinator

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