This ensemble is inspired by the Hmong Green detailed pleated skirt, focusing on a modern and flirty fit with a high low cut skirt, royal blue lace corset and two-tone marine indigo and gold corded belt, accented with a metallic bow tie and mini "xaub" earrings (traditional Hmong necklace). All skirt detailing are organically handmade in the same spirt as the traditional Hmong Green skirt.
About the Little Black Shhh… Clothing Collection:
Little Black Shhh… is Os.Couture by Oskar Ly's Fall/Winter 2012 collection, a play on the little black dress and black tie affair, mixing and molding our feminine and masculine perceptions based on clothing, who wears and how we wear it. The collection was initially sparked by the need to increase visibility, awareness and acceptance of the Hmong and Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) community, specifically in Minnesota when the anti-marriage equality amendment made the 2012 Election MN ballots. Our community is barely ready to come out, how were we supposed to talk about same-sex relationships, let alone marriage? Little Black Shhh… was created as a project to raise and embrace this community and its allies.
LBS showed at Fresh Traditions Fashion Show VI (hosted by Center for Hmong Arts & Talent – CHAT) with over 400 people in attendance. Although the amendment was successfully defeated, it was not framed to pass marriage equality in Minnesota but only to reinforce heterosexual marriages. The work is not over. Minnesota stands a chance to pass future marriage equality measures and thankfully has an established HAPI LGBTQ community through the work of Shades of Yellow (SOY) which continues to do work and move the conversation in our community little at a time. It is also noted that in Hmong populated states like California and elsewhere, there is little visibility of the Hmong LGBTQA community. The purpose of this photo-series is to document how far we have come as LGBTQ and Allies and how proud we can be to show whom we are.