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VERGE 2015 Fashion Show: Largest Showcase Of Queer Designers At NYFW

"Queer style is a social movement."

On Friday, Sept. 18, hundreds of beautiful people across the spectrum of queer and trans identity packed The Brooklyn Museum for the largest exhibition of queer fashion designers during New York Fashion Week 2015.

The show, a massive undertaking titled VERGE, featured eight different designers and served as both a collections showcase and a disruption of the politics driving much of the mainstream fashion industry. Indeed, the night as a whole -- from the feeling of queer community to the impressive designs on the runway -- felt truly magical.

dapperQ, the "leading style website for masculine women and trans identified individuals," spearheaded VERGE in partnership with bklyn boihood, DYDH Productions, and Posture Magazine.

 "People always ask me why we need a queer fashion show when 'gays already run the fashion industry,'" dapperQ Editor-in-Chief Anita Dolce Vita said in a statement. "But, queer style is not simply about white, cis, gay male fashion designers creating binary, gender normative, heteronormative collections to fit the fashion industry's unattainable beauty ideals. It's about inclusion and dismantling everything we've been taught about beauty norms rooted in ableism, classism, fatphobia, ageism, racism, misogyny, transphobia, and self-hate. Queer style is a social movement."

The eight different designers at the show included NotEqualKQK by Karen QuirionLACTICFonyMARKANTOINESAGASunSun and Jag & Co. 

Check out photos of the event below. We can't wait for next year -- congrats to everyone involved with this important project.

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