Queer Fashion as Activism


For many LGBTQ folks, the personal takes on an element of the political when it's time to get dressed. Caroline chats with designer Leon Wu, style expert Sonny Oram and beauty editor Aja Aguirre about the growing queer-fashion landscape and the importance of social media in helping shape communities and identities.

Meet our queer fashion panel!

Leon Wu is a queer fashion designer and founder of Sharpe Suiting, a bespoke and ready-to-wear clothing line designed with butch, androgynous, transgender and masculine-of-center people.

Sonny Oram is the founder and editor-in-chief of Qwear, an acclaimed LGBTQIA+ style blog.

Aja Aguirre is the Autostraddle beauty editor and founder of award-nominated Fit for a Femme lifestyle blog for LGBTQ femmes.

"Queer fashion is hypersensivity to society's inflicted gender roles that is referenced and reinterpreted in the clothing we wear, and/or fashion that challenges the racial, ethnic, cultural, age, and size beauty norms set forth by the fashion industry." - Sonny Oraml, speaking to Design*Sponge.