Text Joseph Gregory
Photo Matteo Mobilio
REVOLUTIONERE, DRØME's inaugural NYFW show and Volume II launch, was a power grab back from an oppressive administration. Featuring twelve designers dressing the who's who of the young art community in New York City, REVOLUTIONERE showed that Artists' voices are heard the loudest when threatened by powers that are meant to protect. DRØME took this as an opportunity to amplify their work in a context of dramatic systemic oppression.
On September 7 at Ace Hotel New York, with over 500 in attendance, REVOLUTIONERE featured looks by Sanchez-Kane, Homic, Elle Barbeito, Possessed, Archie Robertson, Falcon, Helena Eisenhart, Jahise LeBouef, Brian Swift, Official Rebrand, Noah Pica, and Leila Jinnah. Wearing their designs were Philip Errico, Miski Muse, Cheeky Maa, Julian Poyser, Joe Ruymen, Patricia Budiman, Bailey Skye, Cameron Debe, Paloma Izquierdo, Kristen DeGirolamo, Jera Irwin, and Aleck Venegas, who worked the runway expertly.
The show kicked off with the release of Volume II, featuring Gabrielle Richardson, Lumia Nocito, Kate Nash, Madame Gandhi, Emma Sulkowicz and more. At 8:45, guests found a spot to watch the 12 models descend the central staircase and serve walks and looks that were fresh, avant garde, and organic. After the show ended, guests moved downstairs to Liberty Hall for an extravagant after party hosted by MiscAllaneous_DomTop and Tessa Gourin. Guests danced the night away to sounds by Sola, Blu Detiger, Coven King, and Amber Valentine. Lexacon and Dynasty blew the crowd away with gag-worthy drag performances.
If you missed this unforgettable show (we apologize to everyone who got turned away at the door), check out the photo recap above.
In the making of DRØME we hope to showcase a community of doers and nourish an attitude of empathy in a world that teaches us to pass judgment rather than practice kindness. The stories, images, and people shared in this magazine are an amalgamation of perspectives often overlooked or explicitly excluded from art and media worlds. The dearth of diverse identities and viewpoints within the arts is harrowing, especially for a young generation that is fighting its hardest to overcome conservative notions of order ultimately practiced as acts of discrimination against the very people and things we find most inspiring. In DRØME, the featured creators and creations encourage us to never shy away from who we are and what we want. Each artist, in sharing their story, embodies their own definition of agency. Against a mainstream ideology that indoctrinates patriarchal, capitalist, and hateful theories turned into policy, the artists in our first issue represent the ways in which art can take power back from society's denigrating control.