This weekend I had the chance to model for some very talented queer individuals at Ball State University's "No Time to Rewind" fashion show, an event hosted by the fashion department each semester. Steve Rivera (designer) and Ryan Fryoüx (photographer) reached out to me earlier this year and after seeing what they were capable of, I gladly agreed to work with them! Not only was I tempted to wear the pieces home, but I now have some amazing photos (that make me seem much cooler than I am possible of) to remember them by. Enjoy!
About the artists:
Steve Rivera, a senior fashion major at Ball State University, claims to have always have been "an awkward creative child that people either loved or just didn't understand." Rivera's designs are both bold and unique, showing his outspoken dislike for "the basics" of fashion. Rivera's designs (as seen above) are both daring and unique, inspired by his time in New York City. He told me, "There was a man waiting for a train dressed to perfection, he had dark hair and a beard and wore a black suit with a lace button up." Rivera said the outfit he saw inspired him to make his garments creative and fun and also masculine.
At age 21, photographer, Ryan Fryoüx is looking to break the rules of what fashion photography "should be." Fryoüx says, "I have discovered that 'shame' is an obselete notion and 'apology' is just an injustice to any performance. To say that I am a free spirit is a tremendous understatement but to say that I make people uncomfortable is spot on." Fryoüx hopes his work invokes the question, "Should there ever be limitations to art?"
Ashleigh Bingham better known as “Bing, ”creator of I Dream of Dapper, is a dapperwear Tumblr style icon. She contributed to popularizing the long-haired "queer pomp" and is known for her daring pattern mixing, complimentary rich colors, lapel pins, wild thrift finds, variety in neckwear (featured in her "50 Days of Dapper" project), & ability to write about Harry Styles. In the past, Bing has contributed to Autostraddle, and has been featured on DapperQ, S Moda, Hudson, Buzzfeed, and included in the top 10 of a national menswear online competition. With a tendency to mix fashion with satire, Bing aims to explore fashion as a tool for self-expression rather than an industry.