DapperQ's Five-Year Anniversary Fashion Show

Last Sunday night, I joined 30 dashing queer models and 800 people to celebrate dapperQ's Fifth year anniversary during New York Fashion week.

Since their launch 5 years ago, dapperQ has become known as the leading empowerment and fashion website for people with butch and transmasculine ideas. I was honored to celebrate their success last weekend in a room full of people as thrilled about their work as I am.

I lead the show, but hardly had to fake a brave face when the amazingly warm and enthusiastic crowd greeted me!

I lead the show, but hardly had to fake a brave face when the amazingly warm and enthusiastic crowd greeted me!

DapperQ showed some new brands and designers on the queer scene, as well as many of their former beloved. Saint Harridan showed off some new suits, Jag & C. showed a brilliant line of English dandy styles, complete with argyle knee socks. BKLYN Dry Goods demonstrated their love of classic elegance. Ambiance Couture wooed us with their unique bow tie designs yet again, and I loved wearing the floral one with Wildfang's striped shirt. Bindle & Keep showed off their custom suits for the first time, using a variety of fabrics and demonstrating their mastery with people of many body types. (Autostraddle commented that their yellow plaid suit would have been perfect for Cher on Clueless.) I also loved seeing Charlieboy's spacesuit shirt on Ryley - what a creative pattern! But the most groundbreaking designs were fresh out of the studio by designer Angie Chuang, who dressed dapperQs in masculine skirts, and drop crotch pants, challenging our expectations of gendered clothing. 

Check out the slide show for more photos of myself and the other fabulous models, and stay tuned for behind the scenes photos and interviews with designers. 

Photography by Grace Chu

Much love to the amazing bloggers at dapperQ, my friend Anita Dolce Vita and Collette Lee Productions who organized and ran the fashion show, Whitney Day who threw the event, and all the participants that made this night of queer celebration a huge success. A special congrats to Ryley Rubin Pogensky who was named dapperQ of the year for all his work with dapperQ and for giving our community positive representation across media!

Check out photos from dapperQ's party at last NYFW!

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As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.