Shayne Oliver Is Inspired by Nightlife

Fashion designer Shayne Oliver opens up about coming out, sneaking into clubs with Sophia Lamar, and watching “Paris Is Burning” at age 14.

Released on 9/8/2015

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Starring: Shayne Oliver

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Really, like, nightlife...
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Nightlife people, I feel
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that's like what's sort of drew me into the idea of
00:13
wanting to interact with fashion in a way.
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I saw people living it and loving it and engaging and
00:21
I'd be obsessed.
00:22
I came out really, well not really, really young
00:25
but I came out,
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like 14.
00:28
I started sneaking into clubs
00:31
and Sophia Lamar let me into my first couple,
00:34
Club Lux where Electroclash used to happen.
00:37
I was going there my mom said something like,
00:40
You know be careful because gays can
00:42
sometimes be manipulative.
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I was like, what the hell does that mean?
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I was like, that's so not true, none of them are like that.
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And she was like,
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How would you know?
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And I was like, because I am gay.
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She cried and then the next day, she rented
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(snaps fingers) Paris Is Burning for me.
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So at 14, the next day
00:56
I was, like, on Paris Is Burning.