Pride month was initially created to celebrate people who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, but soon expanded to include those who are intersex, asexual and gender fluid. It is a time for visibility, education, discussion, celebration and commemoration of LGTBQ+ history, current events and issues.
This year, it may feel particularly auspicious to be celebrating Pride Month so soon after an intense and ongoing period of civil unrest across the globe due to the horrendous murder of George Floyd and the wider mistreatment and discrimination of Black and POC members of society. However, it is good to remember that throughout history, moments of upheaval and discord have often paved the way for incredible change and progress. This year’s Pride Month mirrors the original turning point forLGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Uprising –where riots and protests created awareness on a scale never before seen– of the problems and injustices society was imposing on marginalised groups. This awareness stirred the pot of change and real strides have been made in the time since for better respect, care, representation and understanding of LGBTQ+ groups and individuals.
In honour of Pride Month’s 50th anniversary, HEW Clothing is so excited to have the opportunity to speak to music producer and Drag Queen Steven, a.k.a Dirty Versace, who was one of our runway models from our A/W 2020 Slow VAMFF presentation. We asked them a few questions about his processes for his many creative projects.
Why Dirty Versace? What do you think Dirty Versace stands for?