Queer Style: Visual Activism and Fashion’s Frontier
Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
From butch wedding suits to gender-neutral collections featured on fashion week runways, queer style has become a multi-million dollar industry on crowd funding alone. However, queer style is more than just a business and a trend; it is a social movement. dapperQ, the leading style website for masculine presenting women and trans* identified individuals, will host a panel that will explore queer style as an enigmatic art form that is the new fashion frontier and examine queer style as visual activism that creates positive social change. Attendees will gain knowledge about how to succeed in this growing market using approaches that are effective and culturally competent.
Photo Credit: Bex Wade
Aja Aguirre is the beauty editor for Autostraddle, an independently owned, award-winning online magazine for LGBTQ women, and was thrilled to be recently named as the Brand Scout for Volition Beaut...Show the rest
Aja Aguirre is the beauty editor for Autostraddle, an independently owned, award-winning online magazine for LGBTQ women, and was thrilled to be recently named as the Brand Scout for Volition Beauty, an SF-based startup that gives consumers the reins to product development. She's also at the helm of Fit for a Femme, an eight-year-old award-nominated style blog, and has been featured in Curve Magazine, The Huffington Post, Huffington Post Live, dapperQ, Qwear and Unicorn Booty.
In addition to beauty and fashion/style, Aja continues to grow Autostraddle's community and content for queer people of color, building on her experience as chair of the Diversity & Inclusion committee at Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit for LGBTQ families, as well as her time volunteering for The Representation Project, which uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation and to create a world free of limiting stereotypes and social injustice.Hide the rest
Anita Dolce Vita
Anita Dolce Vita is a fashion and culture blogger and the Owner, Creative Director, and Editor-in-Chief of dapperQ.com, the world's most widely read style website for masculine and androgynous pres...Show the rest
Anita Dolce Vita is a fashion and culture blogger and the Owner, Creative Director, and Editor-in-Chief of dapperQ.com, the world's most widely read style website for masculine and androgynous presenting women and trans* identified individuals. Often called upon as an expert in queer style, her work has been featured in reputable media outlets such as Refinery29, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post Live, Vice, Nylon, The Daily Beast, Canada's Globe & Mail, Mic, Mashable, BuzzFeed, Autostraddle, AfterEllen, Qwear, San Francisco Weekly, Curve, Diva, GO Magazine, The Advocate, OUT magazine, Disruptive Women in Healthcare, Beijing Review, Spain's S. Moda, and Bosnia's Manjine.BA, to name a few. She was the mastermind behind and Executive Producer of dapperQ's historic (un)Heeled event at Brooklyn Museum, one of the world's largest celebrations of dapper style for the "unconventionally masculine." Anita was invited back to present at Brooklyn Museum, where she executive produced VERGE, the largest LGBTQ runway show during September 2015 New York Fashion Week. Anita also brought VERGE to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in October 2015. During SXSW 2016, Anita will moderate and speak in "Queer Style as Visual Activism and the Next Fashion Frontier," which will be the first ever queer style panel at SXStyle.Hide the rest
Founder & CEO
Leon Wu is the CEO and Founder of agender luxury clothing label Sharpe, which creates custom and ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and lifestyle products. Two years ago, inspired by the LGBTQ co...Show the rest
Leon Wu is the CEO and Founder of agender luxury clothing label Sharpe, which creates custom and ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and lifestyle products. Two years ago, inspired by the LGBTQ community, Wu created the trademarked formula AndropometicsTM, which revolutionizes how one measures the body based on an individual’s gender identity and queer style. Using over 4000 measurements from custom clients, Wu developed a new gender-neutral standard of sizing for the Sharpe ready-to-wear line, now available at the online store at www.sharpesuiting.com.
Sharpe has become a rising name in Hollywood providing custom clothing for celebrity and entertainment industry clients. Sharpe suits have been photographed on the red carpet at Cannes, Oscars, and Emmy’s, worn in Top 40 music videos, and featured in numerous publications including The Huffington Post, Fashionista, The Advocate, Frontiers Media, Curve, Dapper Q, Qwear, and Buzzfeed.
Wu was selected as fashion design judge on RACKED.com “Young Guns” 2015 for up-and-coming designers. As an entrepreneur, Wu has been featured on AT&T Business Circle, Wall Street Journal, Canvas8, Workaholic and Native Society.
Wu holds a B.A. in Economics at UCLA and an M.B.A. at New York University Stern School of Business with an emphasis on Marketing, Change Leadership and Luxury & Retail focus.Hide the rest
Deemed a "queer style expert" by The Advocate, Sonny founded Qwear in 2011. Sonny has gained international recognition for their work in queer fashion with interviews in Buzzfeed, S Moda, The Huffi...Show the rest
Deemed a "queer style expert" by The Advocate, Sonny founded Qwear in 2011. Sonny has gained international recognition for their work in queer fashion with interviews in Buzzfeed, S Moda, The Huffington Post Live, and Fashionista.com. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. Sonny aims to fight oppression through fashion, and views fashion as a form of activism. Their work challenges the beauty industry standards in solidarity with people of size, people of color, and trans individuals of all genders.Hide the rest