dapperQ hosted their third annual brand-collaborative queer fashion event called iD at the Brooklyn Museum as part of this year’s New York Fashion Week.
The show also featured 65 gender fluid models from all ends of the gender spectrum – including Casey Legler, Rain Dove and Elliott Sailors – wearing pieces ranging from wild, flowing skirts to posh suits to gothic kilts with black buckles.
Talking Refinery29, model Dove explained importance to of the show.
“The reason the dapperQs show is so important is because it offers hope and inspiration that change is being made, and that there is something more. It reminds people that though their identities and sexualities may not be represented in all mainstream media and ad campaigns; that that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a support base, or that they are alone.”
Sailors also spoke of the importance
“Fashion is [an] opportunity for transformation and empowerment, because in getting dressed we have the opportunity each and every day to express ourselves and tell the world who we are. I was honored to walk that runway and honored to attend, brought to tears on both occasions seeing models and attendees all so very grateful to be a part of this testament of what it is to be human. The fashion industry needs to take the opportunity to create freedom of self-expression for all people.”
The show’s Executive Producer and owner of dapperQ, said Anita Dolce Vita added
“I feel that queer style is at the forefront of dismantling oppressive gender binaries and beauty norms. It is not only a powerful tool in our community’s fight for liberation, but also has immense emancipatory potential that extends far beyond the LGBTQ community. This show is a celebration of our bodies, our style, our beauty, and our contributions to the fashion community, which are often co-opted without credit or completely erased.”
(Photos by Debbie-jean Lemonte of DAG Images.)