A Tribute to the House Ballroom Scene

Boston University Art Galleries
808 Gallery
808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Qwear presents our third apparel collection at Boston University Art Galleries for an opening night performance of the 808 Gallery exhibition, Forms & Alterations on international queer fashion designers. 

Legendary Children exposes the historical limits of gender in mainstream spaces. As a tribute to the House Ballroom Scene, we explore what queer fashion means against the backdrop of the building's history as a 1930’s Cadillac Showroom — an urbanized testament to historical gender stereotypes of mainstream consumerism.

This opening night features the world premiere of Qwear’s third apparel collection by Fashion Designer Rupi, whose pieces are drawn from the individual specifications of each performer. This unique approach to fashion apparel design, where the models are the designers, gives the audience a chance to be guided by authentic queer experiences while being immersed in the history of the House Ballroom Scene and confronted with the gender stereotypes of the buildings original use as a 1930’s Cadillac Showroom. 

This project is in collaboration with Y2Y, a student-run overnight shelter in Harvard Square, MA, which employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness.

 
 Historic photo of BU's 808 Gallery

Historic photo of BU's 808 Gallery

 

This is more than just a fashion show. It is a revolutionary statement that models deserve autonomy over their bodies and presentations.

The fashion industry is literally encouraging our youth to starve themselves. By working with each model to design outfits for them, we are sending a message that things don't have to be this way. On February 2, we are showing the world that all bodies and gender presentations are beautiful and worthy of love. We are setting a precedent for other designers to think critically about what message they are sending to the world.

We are raising funds for materials, necessities that the models may need, and truck rental to transport our installation to and from BU, and travel for our staff coming from other cities. 

We appreciate your support, whether through donating or sharing this page! Together, we can shape the world we want to live in. 
 

Meet the Performers

 
 

Crew

 

Producers:
Sonny Oram and Rupi in collaboration with Boston Univeristy Art Galleries

Apparel Designer/ Fashion Director:
Rupi

Jewelry Designer:
Lynette Ramsingh Barros

Backstage Assistance:
Courtney Stirn

In collaboration with:

Sponsors:

Jenn Eng
Jodi Talarico

 

Make up:

 

Other Happenings

Jewelry Booth

Glass and bead jewelry by our jewelry designer Lynette Ramsingh Barros will be on sale at the show. A percentage of sales will go to Y2Y.

Behind the Scenes

 
 Richie trying on some accessories

Richie trying on some accessories

 
 
 Rupi and Dev brainstorming for Dev's outfit

Rupi and Dev brainstorming for Dev's outfit

 
 
 Sonny showing off Lynette's Necklaces

Sonny showing off Lynette's Necklaces

 
 
 Lia's fitting

Lia's fitting

 
 
 Sarah's shirt

Sarah's shirt

 Playing with Kris' make up

Playing with Kris' make up

 
 
 Jewelry by Lynette

Jewelry by Lynette

 Lia Dancing in experimental outfit

Lia Dancing in experimental outfit

 
 
 Rupi and Lynette sewing

Rupi and Lynette sewing

 
 
 Richie playing with accessories

Richie playing with accessories

 
 
 Rupi expresses excitement in finding a headlight for our installation

Rupi expresses excitement in finding a headlight for our installation

 

Accessibility

The 808 Gallery is accessible for wheelchair users through their Essex Street entrance located on the east side of the 808 Commonwealth Avenue building

Live Streaming

The event will be livestreamed on our Facebook page. Email us info@qwearfashion.com to learn how you can organize and official viewing party in your city.

Tickets

The event is free, no tickets required!

Ages

The event will be family friendly. All ages welcome.

 

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