The seventh annual queer fashion show, Bloom, presented by dapperQ, opened on September 8th at the Brooklyn Museum.
The show, which was part of New York Fashion Week, was hosted by Azure Antionette and features designs by DEVONATION, FreeMen by Mickey, Hesta, LANDEROS NEW YORK, LLESSUR NYC, Stuzo Clothing, THUY Custom Clothier, and Transguy Supply.
Bloom returned this year after a two-year hiatus. It is the largest LGBTQ+ fashion show in the world and features a diverse cast of 70 models from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
This year’s theme, which is Bloom, aimed to use fashion to highlight the ways LGBTQ people find joy and flourish even amid a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation, including attacks on trans youth in sports and health care.
The show’s executive producer and dapperQ owner Anita Dolce Vita states: “We are extremely honoured to work with Brooklyn Museum for the seventh year to create a platform that celebrates queer bodies and queer style. LGBTQ and POC communities have a rich legacy of being creative visionaries in beauty and fashion, but our ideas are often co-opted without any credit or visibility. Bloom is for us and by us, bringing our talents, bodies, innovations, and voices to the forefront under one roof in Brooklyn Museum’s 10,000 square foot, artfully designed Beaux-Arts Court.” The all queer dapperQ production team also notes that the production and support of shows such as Bloom are critical in a political climate that continues to target LGBTQIA+ identities through banning LGBTQIA+ books, attacking drag performances, and “Don’t Say Gay” legislation and bathroom bills. Our shows are both an act of defiance and self-love. Our oppressors try to bury us, and yet we bloom for the entire world to see.”
dapperQ’s Bloom was presented in partnership with Brooklyn Museum and sponsored by Transguy Supply and Meow Wolf with lighting support by Sharpe Suiting.