Stine Goya’s Spring 2020 Fashion Show Was Inspired by Ballroom Culture

Stine Goya’s Spring 2020 Fashion Show Was Inspired by Ballroom Culture


It’s official: mixing multiple colors of the rainbow in one outfit is the new black. All the confirmation that we needed that colorful fashion is in was the Stine Goya Spring Summer 2020 fashion show, which took place yesterday as part of Copenhagen Fashion Week. And as Vogue Runwaydeclares: “Stine Goya had the best show at Copenhagen Fashion Week.” We have to agree with our older sibling on this one, both Stine Goya’s collection and the runway performances stood out as an invigorating palate cleanser.

The electric show took place in what appeared to be a gymnasium. The multi-colored tape, an abstract staple of gymnasiums that makes me nostalgic for my childhood, can be read as a visual synonym for the collection: sleek lines, bright colors, and a palatable sense of fun and games. Pink against green, bejeweled statement glasses, stripes, polka dots, FLORALS. The show was a kaleidoscope of prints and colors that never erred towards looking sloppy by keeping the lines and silhouettes neat and straight.

Models, including those who applied to walk the runway via the networking app Bumble, and members of ballroom communities, strutted and vogued down the runway. Beyond the clothes, the diverse and inclusive casting is really what brought the show to life, and it would be nice to see more of this energy and inclusivity at all of Copenhagen Fashion Week (which isn’t known as the most diverse of the many fashion weeks).

The LGBTQ ballroom influence was clear. As the brand states in a press release, the collection was inspired by the aesthetic of Paris is Burning, the 1990 documentary celebrating the LGBTQ ballroom scene that took New York City by storm in the 80s, and Kiki, a 2016 documentary that shares the stories of LGBTQ youth of color who view ballroom vogueing as a safe space.

Giant hands and streamers, all in neon colors that corresponded with the clothes, decorated the space. It also hinted at a corresponding fashion trend: Clown fashion. The brand’s ruffled Dalmation print that repeated throughout the show evoked serious clown vibes, and Stine Goya isn’t the only brand to evoke clown-like sartorial decisions in their collection. Everyone from Dior, to Jeremy Scott, to Vivianne Westwood, have recently incorporated clown-like fashion into their collections. “[Designers] seem to be speaking to the current climate of turmoil. Yes, we are living in a mad, mad world, but there’s still magic to be found—even if you have to go through contortions to find it,” as Vogue reports.

Stine Goya seems to be saying something similar, perhaps even taking the sentiment a step further: there’s even more magic in the world if you embrace diversity and let some ballroom vogueing into your life.

If you were into the vibe and energetic dancing at the Stine Goya show, immediately go watch Paris is Burning on Netflix right now.

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