Pierre Davis is the First Transgender Designer to Debut at NYFW
No Sesso show makes a splash with visionary designs
Making great strides towards inclusivity/representation, LA-based designer Pierre Davis showed her collection at NYFW. Her brand, No Sesso (Italian for No Sex), founded in 2015, has already garnered an impressive following, with celebs like Erykah Badhu and Kelela among its supporters. Now, Davis has made fashion history as the first transgender designer to show their collection at New York Fashion Week.
Davis said to the CFDA that she hopes that No Sesso “will inspire people to be more community-minded and to realise not everything is just about aesthetics or commerce. It’s also about humanity.” She is thankful to be a voice for the voiceless, and welcomes her status as a trans icon. It is crucial “that people of all intersectional identities are given a fighting chance regardless of their identity. The playing field isn’t level in the world, and it is even more difficult in fashion,” she added. But Davis also hopes her designs will be evaluated on their own merits and not solely her personal identity. “I just want to show the work. I am just humble and happy that I got to show at fashion week,” she said.
Independent of the milestone that it represents, the collection is incredibly well-crafted. Opting to call it “chapters” instead of seasons, the show featured a mix of formal and sporty. Davis described it as “inspired by business wear and evoking the spirit of the Glamazon regardless of gender” to the CFDA. Playful and imaginative, structured jackets were paired with loose-fitting pants and vests were repurposed as skirts, further cementing the brand’s philosophy of toying with conventions. Keeping with the inclusive tone No Sesso is known for, male and female models of all shapes and sizes walked in the show.
Davis offers a glimpse into the gender-fluid, all-embracing future of fashion. Other NYFW shows have featured trans models in the past, but the No Sesso collection is indicative of further progress towards a more open-minded fashion world.