Qwear showcases LGBTQIA+ modes of expression to expand our visual representation.
Dismantle Me is a fashion line designed and directed by Rupi and curated by Sonny that Qwear presented across the United States. Dismantle Me documented the vibrant interaction between traditional fashion aesthetic and the queer experience.
We crafted a theme using the repetition of textiles, which challenged race, gender, and white privilege. We then applied these themes to the unique gender performances of our 13 queer models.
Our apparel designs combined the historical dress of Rupi’s Scottish and Trinidadian roots. We challenged race relations by combining bandanas (referencing its use in race riots and groups (BLA) throughout American history), with items that symbolize white privilege and class, like tartan and preppy plaid button-ups. We embraced the androgynous feel of apparel born from the American hip-hop style and challenged the traditional gender-norms of the kilt and class of the Royal Stuart tartan.
At Rainbow Fashion Week, we received additional clothing from Topman to update the looks, and added a design by Qwear writer, Courtney Stirn.
At the ICA in Boston, we showcased 3 designs as part of VERGE.