DapperQ On Art, Fashion and Gender

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DapperQ On Art, Fashion and Gender

So at my art opening last Friday I met a women named Susan Herr. She recently launched a website which explores and celebrates butch fashion. Her site is called dapperQ, and its filled with articles about queer fashion along with interviews with butches who explain their aesthetic.

I really think Susan is on to something. Taking the time to examine and discuss queer fashion is something that appears now and again, usually badly. Remember that dumb article the New York Times Magazine wrote, "Butch Fatale" using Rachel Maddow as the example of the new lesbian? Not to drive you nuts, but the article basically declared butch/femme over and claimed that there is a new amalgamated lip-sticked pant-suit lesbian aesthetic that makes straight girls swoon and straight guys feel okay about their manhood. The best part about that ill-informed piece was that is was written by a woman named Daphne MERKIN — hahhahhahhah!

No, Susan's got it right, queer fashion is something that continues to evolve, and so therefore it needs to be constantly monitored. Devoting a whole site to queer fashion is a long time coming, thanks to the Goddess someone finally did it.

So being the media whore I am when Susan asked me what I was wearing that night I gladly explained. I think I was showing some camel toe on that up and down shot.

dapperQ Street Fashion- Grace Moon from dapperQ on Vimeo.



Comments [33]

Adams's picture

My sister is looking for some

My sister is looking for some of the art education schools to go to shes been a TA for a while as is so has a job lined up right after school.

karrr's picture

thanks a lot for this dapperQ

thanks a lot for this dapperQ site. just read a bunch of it. smart woman who started that, i liked this article a lot: http://www.dapperq.com/2010/02/15/curvy-dapperqs-damn-it/

toodlin's picture

I see some Boy Scout in the

I see some Boy Scout in the combo of navy shirt and gold scarf.  Be prepared.

toodlin's picture

Oops, it's black, not navy.

Oops, it's black, not navy.  Still, you are reminding me of my brother in his baby cub years..

minniesota's picture

Boy's shoes

Grace, I sometimes buy boy's shoes too. You are rockin' out those eyeglasses. Laughing out loud

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

deedee's picture

Grace Never

Been into the butch thing ,but you make it look cool.

Conlite's picture

Our fearless leader is also a

Our fearless leader is also a fashion trendsetter!  I feel more hip from just visiting Vpark!  Smile

Not2Taem's picture

U R 2 Frackin' Cute!

Laughing out loud

ShadowCat's picture

what

i just bought a pair that look like wood!  they are brown at least.

http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/xx42/pekopingu501/eyeframe/CoolC505_0...

Grace Moon's picture

SC i think this

is offically a trend!

Lesbians are wearing (faux) Woodframe glasses 2/24/10

Okay I just timestamped it. Now please let me know when you start seeing straight people wearing them -- then you'll know it was yet another cute fashion statment we won't get credit for!

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ShadowCat's picture

well

technically, i'm not a lesbian.  if i wasn't genderqueer then most likely i would be a dyke.  but close enough, it's official.  we should all take a picture of them on and we can photoshop them together.  grace, wanna go to Barracuda march 15th to see my new friend Peppermint host a drag show? 

minniesota's picture

Mi specs

My new glasses from last Fall are Club Monaco Granite. Made in China. Like the Whole Foods organic goods. Tongue

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Robin Rigby's picture

Last time I was frame

Last time I was frame shopping I sawsome by Gucci or something that had faux wood temples that looked like bowling alleys. With the triangular paint and light wood. They were awesome but out of my price range.

Diana Cage's picture

prof c got the same glasses

you two randomly bought the same pair of frames within days of each other.

 

 

Grace Moon's picture

what if Em and I

start to dress a like, will you be able to tell us a apart?

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karrr's picture

FAUX??

oh no! what about real woodframe glasses? is it possible?

Grace Moon's picture

after i got these

i did a little searching and discovered thare a a few real wood frames out there, but only on certain parts like the ear piece. not wood all over.

and by the way these frames are made of acetate and is supposed to be a 'green' line... however after that discussion of organics, i'm sure these frames are not really very green.

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SMBrown's picture

Grace, I dig the

Grace, I dig the mixing-and-matching of Lucky brand with Payless--how very Michelle Obama of you!

(but beware those Payless shoes--especially in the concrete jungle that is NY--they will ruin your feet!)

Rockets's picture

Two things

1. Your showing (from the sound in the background) sounded well attended. Awesome! Laughing out loud

2. I know nothing really about butch fashion trends (except for what I think is generally hot looking) thank you for the link to dapperQ. I will read and explore thoroughly.

okay... 3. I wish I knew more lesbian/gay/queer artists as I live in a vacuum. Glad there's an Arts and Culture section of VP (my vocabulary is continually expanding)

 

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Professor C's picture

NO WAY

Moon, you've seriously GOT to be kidding me. I just bought those glasses this past weekend (but paid way more)!! black with faux wood. i hope you calling a trend doesnt come true but in the business we call these FRIENDSHIP FRAMES

Grace Moon's picture

OMG

Great socialist minds think alike!

Actually Prof i was totally going to text you after I bought them to brag! But then I thought that was to Capitalistic so i didn't.

Twinsies! XO

 

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yonks's picture

"Great socialist minds think

"Great socialist minds think alike!"

in the kingdom of blind... (shortsighted are (drag)king) Big smile

may i be spank now? Smile

(Its a joke, actually, it was too easy)

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Julia Watson's picture

We can only hope you two

We can only hope you two don't show up to the same party wearing the same frames. What a Q-pas that would be!

Also, Moon, I seriously love that little Marx that cackles his way across the screen beneath you a few moments into this vid. You loveable pinko, you.

Grace Moon's picture

oh

we are so coming to the same party in the same glasses and the same outfit.

I'm going to buy the prof and I matching Mao suits!

http://sacu.org/MaoSuits.png

 

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Professor C's picture

you should also take me dress

you should also take me dress shoe shopping. i'm way better at weird sneakers...

 

Grace Moon's picture

deal

when you are back in town -- we are going shopping. time to take this butch thing to the next level.

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Professor C's picture

my buttons are popping!

my buttons are popping!

Julia Watson's picture

Further evidence that we need

Further evidence that we need a "Like" button for comments.

karrr's picture

"like"

"like"

yonks's picture

Moon, your at the top of

Moon, your at the top of butch fashion :) 

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Tiff's picture

hahaha

Grace Moon's picture

classic

.

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KJ's picture

Awesome!

Awesome!