During the four day style extravaganza up to 50 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer designers, stylists, hair designers and makeup artists will showcase their unique designs and style, said Queer Fashion Week producers Christine De La Rosa and Fallon Davis.
Queer Fashion Week is being produced by the dynamic team that brought the butchLYFE: Fashion Show to Oakland in 2013, fiveTEN Oakland Events and What is Butch? Movement.
Designers will show off everything from accessories, active wear, couture, eco-friendly boutique styles, evening wear, plus size styles, urban apparel and more during the week.
Fashionistas will be able to meet designers and shop at the Vender Village and hang out with celebrities and models. They will also be able to see «red» hot fashions at a celebrity fashion show benefiting the RED campaign to eradicate HIV/AIDS and of course check out a variety of runways throughout the week long style extravaganza.Tickets for Queer Fashion Week are on sale starting today.
General and VIP passes are available starting at $15 up to $200, to purchase your ticket visit qfw.eventbrite.com.
Queer by Design
Davis, fashion director, and De La Rosa's, executive director, goals are to get queer designers in front of audiences with Queer Fashion Week.
Davis has led the queer fashion movement as the executive producer and marketing director of the What is Butch? Campaign, along with Adjoa Courtney, creative producer and entertainment/model manager of the campaign. The women's butch and masculine of center inspired traveling fashion shows launched a movement from the East to West Coast during the past several years.
In 2013, the butchLYFE: Fashion Show sold out with more than 600 people packing the venue and wrapping around the block in downtown Oakland trying to get into the show in 2013.
«It's easy to go to the mall and support a commercialized brand, but there are so many people right in our own queer community who are extremely talented and that we can get even better things from,» said Davis.
De La Rosa agreed pointing out that the LGBTQ community in the United States has an estimated 830 billion dollars in buying power alone. Nearly 75% of the queer community is more likely to buy from a brand that is LGBTQ-owned, she said.
«Here you have queer designers who are really designing for the people,» said De La Rosa. «Queer Fashion Week is a way to showcase that there are other ways for you to buy clothing. There other places besides the mainstream stores where you could go and find things that you would wear and that are also from designers in our community.»
Queer Fashion Week will expand beyond the butch and masculine of center fashion that has taken the fashion magazines and stores by storm in recent years. This event seeks to represent a variety of fashions and designers encompassing the entire LGBTQ community, said the producers.
There are many «queer designers that are on the cutting edge of fashion,» said De La Rosa. «We are queer fashion. We have a lot of fashion designers that are coming up that have a lot of great ideas and are great designers. We want to give them the opportunity to showcase their work.»
De La Rosa's goal is to put together a diverse fashion show that reflects every type of queer on the runway from androgynous, butch women and men, femme gay boys, high femme women, masculine of center - generally every type of queer imaginable.
«I wanted to put together a fashion week that was all inclusive of many different types of designers and also very many different types of styles,» said De La Rosa. «I really want to try to get everybody I can to be on the runway.»
Designers from «every walk of the industry,» added Davis, will be featured at the fashion event, including body art designers, fashion stylists, and makeup artists.
Queer Fashion Week (April 16 - 19, 2015) is the brainchild of Miz Chris, one of the preeminent producers of queer events in the US. Having produced butchLYFE alongside the What is Butch? Movement for over 600 queers in the Bay Area in 2013, she saw the need to move beyond a singular fashion show and create an entire WEEK full of fabulousity. The mission of Queer Fashion Week is to showcase designers, hairstylists and makeup artists who are creating fashion for all types of bodies and genders. QueerFashionWeek.com
fiveTEN Oakland Events brings quality events to Oakland throughout the year. Pulling together a group of diverse artists, DJs, performers, vendors from many different parts of the local and national community to celebrate Oakland and the East Bay! This strive to bring excellent and unique experiences to the community mixed with the hottest venues in Oakland we guarantee that your fiveTen experience will be unforgettable.
What is Butch? Movement is the first national traveling fashion show movement to showcase dominant lesbians, masculine of center persons, queer, androgynous, and transmen bodied models a place on the runway and a show to call their own.