How This Gender-Affirming Queer Fashion Show Truly Represents LGBTQ+ Pride

Apicha Community Health Center Sep 30, 2016  

On September 8th a stunning exploration of queerness and fierce creative expression lit up the Brooklyn Museum's striking Beaux Arts pavilion.  

The show, titled “iD,” was produced and hosted by the queer fashion platform, DapperQ. “iD” featured the work of seven fashion designers challenging gender-norms, exploring sexuality and unhinging a historically oppressive industry.

This momentous show incited a deeply felt celebration of gender-affirming innovation, intersectionality and inclusivity.


"iD" Designers: Angie Chuang, Sir New York, Sharpe Suiting + Nik Kacy, Stuzo Clothing, The Tailory, Thomas Thomas, and WE ARE MORTALS


                     

"At a time when oppressors are trying to erase our very being, passing bathroom bills and declaring that we have contributed little to civilization, this show provides a platform to celebrate our identities, our style, our bodies, our rich diversity, and our incredible contributions to art and fashion" 

     Anita Dolce Vita,  DapperQ Founder and "iD" Executive Director 

  

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                                                                photo credit: Hannah Cohen 

 

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 photo credit: Nomi Ellenson  

 

Creating Space

The designers’ work flourished in this uninhibited space, subverting the invisibilization of LBGTQ+ people and POC, creating a stunning space of visibility, and unapologetic fabulousness. The beautifully diverse range of models and the designs they sported was matched by a diverse, fantastically dressed audience that filled the pavilion with exuberant cheers of support and respect.

It was a truly stunning experience to be a part of and a jolting reminder of the profound ways that LGBTQ+ communities have transgressed norms and binaries, first and foremost honoring the humanity of all identities, especially those daring to exist on the fringe.

 

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   photo credit: Hannah Cohen 

  

 Community Health

What occurred on September 8th speaks volumes to the dynamic nature of community health. At Apicha CHC, we care about an individual having a holistic, empowering and safe experience. As important as it is for our patients to receive the highest quality of care in our clinics, we know that it does not end at our door.

The term "health" has far too often been reduced to a clinical term, undermining the extreme versatility of what it means to be a healthy individual and a healthy community. The health of communities depends on the health of individual and vice versa. DapperQ produced a show that explored the inherent relationship between individual and community expression. 

 

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 photo credit: Nomi Ellenson

 

Events like "iD" are fundamental to the health of our communities. Such powerful moments are key in aiding our efforts to destigmatize LGBTQ+ experiences and make visible the beautifully diverse LGBTQ+ people living in our world.

 


For more photos of the fabulous event visit: Qwearfashion, Refinery29, and TomboyX 


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