Fashion icons like Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen have shaped the world with their innovative designs. In fact, many of the most famous fashion designers are gay men who designed beautiful clothes that appealed to the masses. The LGBT community is filled with gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual and queer-identifying people looking to change fashion so that it celebrates their own identity. We have seen queer models featured in mainstream fashion shows and campaigns, but what about behind the scenes?
These up-and-coming LGBT designers do not just want to appeal to the masses. They are actively contributing to a new era where queerness and fashion explicitly intercept. So, for Pride Month, we want to celebrate 6 LGBT+ designers who are revolutionizing Queer Fashion.
- Pierre Davis
Thrifting and upcycling have become important, and trendy, aspects of the fashion scene but Gogo Graham has been doing it for as long as she could remember. She now uses 100% upcycled thrifted material in all of her designs. She makes clothes specifically for trans women, telling the Cut magazine “I just wanted to make clothes for people of trans experience because I felt like that was something I had difficulty with.”
4. Diego Montoya
Born in Peru but now based in New York, Diego Montoya has spawned several iconic looks for Rupaul’s Drag Race queens. He has dressed drag queen and actor, Shangela, for her Oscar’s debut, as well as several other prominent members of the drag scene. He works closely with his clients, stating, “The work I do builds upon what they’ve already created.” In regards to working with drag queens, Montoya said, “I love working in this realm because it is all based on fantasy. We can be anything.”
5. Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme
Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme are the founders of Stuzo Clothing, which is dedicated to gender-free streetwear. Ejikeme told Forbes, “Our mission is to affirm and to empower people to live their truth.” The married couple’s brand is known for its bold colors and bold statements. Their designs often feature empowering phrases like “Woman Up” and “Black Magic”. A-list stars like Spike Lee and Tiffany Haddish have worn their clothes.
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Blog post by Kayla Sabre