Digital magazine DapperQ threw a runway party at the start of New York Fashion Week in celebration of gender-fluid and inclusion of all kinds. The Beaux-Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum was filled with guests and nearly 2,000 members of the public.
DapperQ organizes it’s sixth annual Queer Runway Show at the museum. They use the rallying cry of “ungendering fashion” marketing its 10th year in business. The website enlisted 10 brands Thursday night to dress an array of models of all colors, ages, and sizes, large and small, on the gender binary and off.
One model used a wheelchair and another one uses a single crutch. Professional trans models strutted and camped alongside YouTube and Instagram Influencers. Zach Barack, the openly trans actor who also appeared in the recent blockbuster “Spider-Man: Far from Home” was among the walkers.
The ambiance of the venue was an amazing, joyous crowd ate it up, tossing beach balls into the air surrounded by European paintings on the walls as upbeat music filled the space. Models showed of underwear sets from sponsor TomboyX and colorful caftans, sharply tailored suits, shorts outfits and eveningwear from other brands, including Sharpe Suiting, Landeros New York, Halz, Stuzo, and the Australia-based Shane Ave.
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, one the attendee called it an important evening for the LGBTQ community and the fashion industry as a whole. “It celebrates the queer community within fashion week,” Bautista-Carolina said. “Fashion week is such a celebratory moment in New York and to be included at this moment is just a very beautiful and important thing.”
Hester Sunshine of the revived “Project Runway” looked on from the front row.
“It’s cool that this is happening,” said Sunshine, who came in second on the show’s first season. “The LGBTQ community has been such a big part of fashion since the beginning so it’s really nice to be recognized as its own presence.”