I'm gazing at a clothing rack filled with faux fur, feathers, and pleather. Rows of large black scallops are waiting to be stitched onto a skirt. Stacks of clothes are scattered throughout the room.
It's only one day before MidnightMare Apparel launches at Project Ethos Presents: Culture Shock on Friday night at Club Vanguard in Hollywood. The event features eight fashion designers, three musicians, and eight artists. Sure, MidnightMare has wearable clothing made of 100% organic cotton and dyes, with unique hand-drawn graphic designs, but when you come to see a fashion show, you want to see a SHOW!
And I'm only concerned with one designer, or rather four, the sibling team of Phong, Donna, Tony, and Judy, otherwise known as MY COUSINS!!!
Their designs feature surreal images of fierce nocturnal creatures, strapped with weapons for battle or flirting with the vixen inside. Examples include: shirts with images of a hawk made of sharp blades, a wolf breaking free from barbed wire, and a play on the “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” with a female form inside a wolf outline.
“But the roles are reversed and the woman is using the wolf disguise as a decoy." Donna said. "Femme epitomizes female empowerment."
Men's shirts are cut-and-sew woven button-down shirts and tees in 100% organic cotton. The shirts are specialty washed, screened, and embroidered to ensure that each shirt is an original.
Femme, the women's line, features cut-and-sew tunics made from 100% organic cotton and washed using organic dyes. The tunic is short enough to be worn as a top and long enough to be worn as a dress.
“Organic apparel selection may have been limited in the past, but we want to prove it is possible to be stylish while still reducing carbon foot-printing,” said Phong.
All designs are hand-drawn original artwork. MidnightMare Apparel is all locally-sewn, and made of 100% organic cotton and dyes.
Retail prices for men’s woven shirts are $80 to $130, tees and thermals range from $30 to $80. Women’s tank tunics are $42 and elbow sleeve tunics are $45.
A limited number of items will be available for purchase after the show.
I'll be there with more than a dozen of the clan so come out and support my cousins! If you can't make it to the show, feel free to copy the images and link back to this post or the MidnightMare website or blog. Or please Stumble, Digg, or Facebook to get the message out.
Much thanks from my cousins and me.
See the videos I took of the fashion show.
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Project Ethos Presents:Culture Shock
6021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Bands begin at 8 p.m. Fashion show starts at 10 p.m.
For advance tickets, purchase via Wantickets
Pre-sale: $20, ends 5 p.m. March 27.
At the door: $25, VIP $50.
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