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What is Queer Fashion? Millenials, Gen Z, and Gender Equal Clothing


Tuesday November 26, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Fashion and clothing are a powerful way that people show and communicate who they are to others. Gender equal clothing and androgynous fashion is having a moment. But is it simply a trend? Abby Sugar, the founder of Play Out Apparel, explains why it isn't simply a trend, but an evolving awareness of and greater acceptance towards the multiplicities of gender identity and expression. From explicitly out and proud LGBTQ+ designers, to a runway by dapperQ and coverage of queer fashion during New York Fashion Week, to mainstream brands and designers coming out with gender equal designs, learn about what queer fashion and gender equal clothing styles actually represent. 

Abby Sugar grew up in Ann Arbor and moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, Columbia University. She founded Play Out Apparel with her first line of Gender-Equal Boxer Briefs and Trunks underwear in 2014, well ahead of the momentum & gender-equal apparel market today. Play Out was the first & only gender-equal underwear brand to show at Lingerie Fashion Week, and was the first brand to feature models who had undergone double-mastectomy without reconstruction; these campaigns were featured in People, DailyMail, HuffingtonPost, Buzzfeed, to name only a few. 

PLAY OUT is a gender-equal underwear company that does not use gendered pronouns for their clothing - they think that you should be able to buy underwear based on style, fit and comfort and not based on what you call yourself. Proudly and loudly LGBTQ owned by Abby Sugar and Elizabeth Leifer, Play Out works with men, women, trans- and gender non-binary individuals of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender presentations and sexual orientations and believes that queer fashion, is simply fashion.

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