You Should Go: DapperQ Fashion Show Extravaganza

Hello beautiful weirdos, my people, the loves of my little queer life. I wanna tell you about a thing you should go to! Let’s all gather round the sexy imaginary campfire and listen up.

NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK IS COMING. Normally that means that a bunch of crazy looking, fly ass creative outsiders will invade our city and turn it into a flash mob of outfits, designers, lights, lattes, and all sorts of other fashion-y things. Really it’s a time for me to avoid the city and just eat pizza in the Bronx per ushe. But then I got invited by Anita Dolce Vita of DapperQ to walk in this amazing queer fashion show and then I fainted. Because wtf, me in a fashion show? It took me a minute to own that I’m going to be involved in this, to own my body, my shaky confidence, and to find pride in the amazing way that I’ve been asked to be a part of queer culture and QPOC visibility. When I think of NYC fashion week, runway models, and that whole world, I don’t ever think of regular people with round bodies, brown bodies, queer presentations: I think of Kate Moss and all the people that look like her.

But this event, The DapperQ Fashion Show, is an act of revolt. It’s a fist in the air for dykes, queer people, gender neutral people, trans people, all the fucking fabulous beautiful people to shout We belong here and We will create our own spaces. So, please come through and support the hard work of DapperQ, Whitney Day, and all the designers and brands that have been brought together for the DapperQ Fashion Show Extravaganza.


February 16th, Whitney Day Events in association with New York Fashion week will be presenting the Dapper Q Fashion show. The fashion show and all night after party serve to commemorate DapperQ’s fifth anniversary and its unwavering commitment to transcending heteronormative fashion. From its formation in 2009, DapperQ strived to showcase QPOC and GNC individuals as models, as the faces and bodies of radical style who move the culture forward with every step we take. Susan Herr, founder of DapperQ says it so beautifully:

For dapperQ’s, fashion is not seen as an end. It is, instead, a means to expressing our ever-evolving capacity to advance change in a world that sorely needs it. dapperQ is intended not only to inform but to inspire those of us simply dressing to fight the good fight each day.

And hot damn do we fight each and every day to be seen, heard, and respected in the world at large and in our super complex and ever evolving LGBTQIA communities. So here are some of the MAJOR details y’all need to know about this sick ass fashion show that everyone is going to go to:

  • LEA DELARIA IS GONNA BE THERE. Did you just faint/die/gasp? Good, you should, because Orange is the New Black and that’s all that matters.
  • GIVEAWAYS: just by purchasing advance $10 tickets to the show (Yes, I said $10, nothing this badass happens in NYC for $10 so get on it), you’ll be entered to win the dopest gear from all the brands featured on the runway.
  • Katrina Casiño is once again reprising their role as hottest model ever for this event.
  • Comedian and New York City celebrity drag king entertainer, Murray Hill, will MC the event
  • From the FB event: Combining music, culture, fashion and community, Whitney Day Events and DapperQ have teamed up to bring you the ONLY NY Fashion Week closing party featuring multiple queer designers curated just for you!

Here are the brands that will be werq-ing that runway:

  • Designer Angie Chuang
  • Bindle & Keep
  • Bklyn Dry Goods
  • Charlieboy.
  • Fourteen
  • Race Point Swimwear
  • VEEA Androgynous Fashion


SUNDAY, February 16th
10pm-4am @ Avenue, New York City
116 10th Ave. (17th & 18th Streets)

21+ with ID
$10 Advanced tickets
$12 Before Midnight
* Advanced tickets strongly suggested! ONLY those who purchase advanced tickets will be eligible to WIN clothing & accessory giveaways! *

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Gabrielle Rivera is an awesomely queer Bronx bred, writer, spoken word artist and director. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies such as the Lambda Award winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Her short film "Spanish Girls are Beautiful" follows a group of young Latina and Caucasian girls who like girls as they hook up, smoke up and try to figure sh*t out. She also freelances for while working in the film and television industry. Gabrielle is currently working on her first novel while bouncing around NYC performing spoken word and trying to stick it to the man.

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  1. i wish i still lived in new york so i could go to this because it sounds like the best thing of all time

  2. There is nothing I want so much as to take my sweetheart to this for their birthday & valentine’s day, but advance tickets are sold out…so sad! If anyone has tickets they can’t use it would make my year to hear from them!

  3. Edna, you can still buy tickets at the door for $12. Door opens at 10pm and the show starts at 11pm. I highly recommend getting there at 10pm so you do not have to stand in line and so you can get a good spot to see the show. Here is a link to a video of the venue:

    Models will come down the stairs from the top of the staircase and head down the cat walk, turn, return down the catwalk and then back up the stairs. So, come early and find out where you’d like to see the action!

    Gabrielle, I *swoon* over your writing! And, we are so happy that you will be part of the show. Rage! Revolt! Represent the QPOC, round brown, boogie down Bronx!

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