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A Queer Fashion Show for National Coming Out Day

Tickets to Hunny Phillips’ show are on sale through Friday.

Legendary star Gillette Oricci hosts the October 11 Queer Kouture fashion show (photos via Facebook).

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, which has been celebrated in the LGBTQ community since 1988. But this year, it’s also a great day to come out to The Ballroom at Bayou Place and see some amazing fashions at the 2021 Queer Kouture Fashion Show. 

“This event is important to me because it provides a platform for LGBTQ artists to display the full spectrum of their work in a show that celebrates all parts of them,” says organizer Hunny Phillips. “Fashion has been rooted in the queer community for many years, which is evident in the ballroom and vogue scene. The Queer Kouture Fashion Show highlights the evolution of the two.” 

Hunny Phillips

Six local queer designers will participate in the Queer Kouture Fashion Show: Zamundio & Lombana, Ebed by Design, Blanca Vergas, Teri’s Passion, Milanblocks, and Rico Couture. 

Gillette Oricci will host the downtown event. Oricci was featured on the second season of HBO Max’s reality voguing competition Legendary, and was the “founding mother” of the House of Oricci on the show. “One of my friends went to school with her,” says Phillips. “And she’s very excited to come to Houston for this.”

DJ Matthew Dunn will be spinning for the crowd, while DJ GENDRBNDR takes over for the 11:00 p.m. after-party that will also be held at Bayou Place.

Tickets range from $15 for single general admission to $400 for the lounge section with bottle service. Tickets must be purchased by this Friday, October 1, at

Phillips is expecting a crowd of 500 to 800 people at the event. Because the second-floor event space at downtown’s Ballroom at Bayou Place is 15,000 square feet, seating can be socially distanced. Masks and temperature checks will also be required of guests. 

Proceeds will benefit three local nonprofit organizations—Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, which promotes equality for transgender Latinas in Texas; Toiletries for Families, which provides basic hygiene products for those in need; and The LGBT Marriage Club, which promotes positive, healthy marriages no matter which gender.

What: Queer Kouture Fashion Show 2021
When: October 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Tickets: On sale through October 1 at


Marene Gustin

Marene Gustin has written about Texas culture, food, fashion, the arts, and Lone Star politics and crime for television, magazines, the web and newspapers nationwide, and worked in Houston politics for six years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Dance International, Dance Magazine, the Advocate, Prime Living, InTown magazine, OutSmart magazine and web sites CultureMap Houston and Austin, Eater Houston and, among others.
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