FASHION DIRECTOR & FASHION DESIGNER
Rupi serves a dual-role of Fashion Director and Fashion Designer in which she seeks to dismantle preconceived notions of gender expression and explore the identity constructs of queer fashion. Rupi’s goal is to provide a platform for the community to share their stories with the aim of demystifying the borders of queer fashion and reinforcing queering fashion as an intimate experience closely related to one’s individuality. Rupi’s work examines what queer fashion signifies, explores the outcomes that queer performance produces, and reflects on the modes in which the queer self shapes mainstream fashion. She challenges the conventional arrangement of queer fashion as a concept too superficial to be anything but hyperbolic and convenes on the direct queer experience by delivering content that blurs all boundaries.
Hailing from Scotland, with Trinidadian roots, this veteran designer and activist has immersed herself in queer theory and fashion for nearly a decade. A graduate of Rhode Island School Of Design, Rupi merges her knowledge of queer theory and critical race theory with her passion for fashion. Recently, her work has been presented at Queer Fashion Week (2015), Rainbow Fashion Week (2015) and the Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston (2016).