While many still think the term “Queer” is derogatory, these designers have jumped ahead of everyone else and embraced it!
As Anita Dolce Vita, editor in chief at DapperQ, puts it: “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,” she says.
“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.”
Here’s 22 designers who are leading and shaping queer fashion movement, all in their own unique way.
Based out of Toronto, SunSun offers custom, handmade unisex clothing in sizes ranging from SM-XXL that are wildly expressive and unique.
Made in the USA and 100% polyester, LACTIC’s pieces are all one-of-a-kind, wrinkle-free, and interestingly enough, fire retardant. So if you’re worried about looking too hot, at least you know your clothes won’t catch on fire.
Dedicated to the LGBT community, Sharpe was founded on the desire to provide those who identify as masculine a safe place to find clothing that is custom-tailored to their body types. Their goal is to give the masculine-identified community clothing they can be proud to wear.
Vintage inspiration meets modern design with a spirit for adventure and a love for kickin’ up dirt in their most recent collection, For The Modern Huckleberry.
Fashion for the contemporary woman looking for a minimalistic androgynous style, and an American-made brand that honors sustainability.
Over-the-top is an understatement for the BCALLA aesthetic. To see what I mean just look at their website, but beware. This includes a partially naked men, partially naked men in furry heels, and partially naked men covered in glitter.
Specializing in ready-made suits and tuxedos, especially for the lesbian, trans, queer and community, their small team develops all pieces in house using the finest quality fabrics.
Ethically produced in limited editions, CharlieBoy’s new take on traditional menswear is gender neutral, allowing their wearers the freedom to express themselves without the restriction of gender codes.
Tiley is an artist in every sense and the term “queer” seems to apply to every piece that he makes. His most recent fashion designs, the “Intimates” collection, are limited edition tanks with a different secret message on each one.
Determined to liberate menswear as a band, NOT brand (as they explain in their about section), of tomboys, Wildfang says we are at the front door of this revolution and every female robin hood is invited to join in. #WEAREWILDFANG
Inspired by downtown artists and electic icons like Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Stephen Sprouse, Kyle Brincefield has been designing his own unique clothing line, Studmuffin NYC, since 2010.
Debuting his designer unisex streetwear in spring 2013, David Siferd breaks the barriers of stereotypes and biases and provides a means of individual expression through the use of clothing with his brand, Goddess Clothing.
Julia Shapiro, an emerging designer who graduated from Cornell University, aims to bring back the importance of fashion as art, as escapism, and as exploration in her wild collections at JSHAP.
A Brooklyn-based design duo creating fashions, unbiased toward gender, that rethink the clothing that we choose to express ourselves with.
Geoffrey Mac is an American Designer based out of New York who has developed an unmistakable aesthetic for his clothing and accessories. Designing innovative pieces that blur the lines between vintage and futurism, his work is known for sculptural pattern making, intricate construction, luxurious quality and unusual materials.
David Noh, for Gay City News, calls Fleury’s creations punk rock and haute elegance. Venturing from dance and theater into fashion and costume design, she makes clothes that are both festive and wearable.
A cross between artistic streetwear and high-end fashion, Copperwheat designs for anyone looking for something different and visually interesting.
Gogo Graham is a transgender fashion designer who celebrates trans femininity in every one-of-kind dress she individually tailors to each model. Her most recent collection debuted at Manhattan’s Ace Hotel this September.
This clothing company believes that people don’t fit into singular boxes like “masculine” and “feminine”. Their mission is to inspire personal confidence by providing clothes that truly fit, which is evident in the consideration that went into the style and fit of their signature shirt.
Designed by and for butches, studs and tomboys, this is a fierce fashion and lifestyle brand that makes a one-stop shop for butch women to shop for their unique style.
Co-founder, A, says the line between clothing for women and clothing for men is slowly becoming blurry, and what her androgynous fashion line sets out to do is simple. Make elegant, classy, clean-cut menswear made to fit women.
Fashion as a form of expression is a dangerous act, says Saint Harridan, who makes masculine clothing for women and transmen. Often times one must have courage to completely express their true being. But Saint Harridan encourages all to claim their power and venture from societal expectations.