Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

by Andrew Villagomez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday July 4, 2020

Patrick Church's Gemini collection.
Patrick Church's Gemini collection.  (Source:Savanna Ruedy)

Pride means more than rainbow T-shirts, especially for these innovative LGBTQ designers who are redefining what it means to be fashion-forward for the next generation. Each of the following designers creates statement pieces with a bold and unique point of view. Check out their collections for a wardrobe revamp or inspiration to create your personal style.

Patrick Church
British-born designer and artist Patrick Church has been creating bold, emotional pieces for the past few years in New York. He's developed a cult following that includes famous fans such as Katy Perry, Lil' Kim, Doja Cat, and "Queer Eye" 's Tan France and Antoni Porowski. The designer often uses his abstract artwork as inspiration to create custom textiles or even hand-paints custom pieces. "I just make things for people, and I think people are more than gender," said Church in an interview with PopSugar. "It's about the soul of someone."

No Sesso
No Sesso, the Los Angeles fashion house founded by transgender designer Pierre Davis in 2015, is Italian for "no gender." With that ethos, No Sesso creates unique pieces for multiple body types and gender identities. "No Sesso is all about designing garments for people who don't care about the fashion rules or politics," Davis said in an interview with Them. "We design for ourselves, and by extension, we design for other people as a whole, so anybody can feel comfortable wearing anything that they want." No Sesso's collections feature a wide range of prints, hand-dyed fabrics, reconstructed materials, and signature hand embroidery.

Geoffrey Mac
Before becoming the winner of Project Runway Season 18, Geoffrey Mac had already developed a following and had his designs worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna, as well as Detox and Sharon Needles of "RuPaul's Drag Race." The Brooklyn-based designer's innovative custom designs have featured unusual materials such as latex, along with experimental techniques to construct a range of futuristic, bold styles.

Kirrin Finch
No longer willing to settle for ill-fitting menswear and overly frilly womenswear, Brooklyn-based couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat created Kirrin Finch in 2015 to make menswear-inspired apparel designed to fit a range of female and gender non-binary bodies. With the name inspired by iconic fictional tomboys, Georgina Kirrin from "The Famous Five" YA book series and Scout Finch from "To Kill A Mockingbird," each shirt designed takes on the name of a tomboy character.

Matthew Adams Dolan
Known for his fresh, innovative take on classic American sportswear, Matthew Adams Dolan launched his namesake label in New York after graduating from Parsons in 2014. His masterful repurposing of denim and oversized styles caught the attention of fans early on, among them, Rihanna. Adams Dolan spotted her wearing his graduate collection, and she then hired him as a contributing designer for Fenty x Puma line shortly after.

Travis Oestreich
After years of designing for several high-profile brands such as John Varvatos, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander Wang, Travis Oestreich branched out on his own in 2018 to produce a line of fun and fierce handmade caftans and jumpsuits. Designing to promote a more gender-neutral lifestyle, Oestreich takes inspiration from the disco era to channel the glamour, attitude, and sparkle. The Minnesota native splits his time between New York and San Francisco and has designed for stars like Billy Porter.

Andrew Villagomez is a journalist and photographer covering travel, men's fashion, grooming and other lifestyle topics. His work has appeared in print and online publications including Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Essential Homme, Delta Sky Magazine, Out, Details, Thrillist and more. He is also runs his own style and travel blog, Vee Travels. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.