Fashion for the People

Fashion for the People - Poster.jpgTomorrow night Urban Guerilla Theater is hosting a sort of anti-fashion industry fashion show at The Linda. Fashion for the People is focused on "exmplifying the local creativity and passion surrounding our 3rd basic need; clothing."

The show features clothing from local artists, designers and small local retailers and also handmade fair trade clothing from other areas. It's a fundraiser for the Albany Social Justice Center.

About half of the clothes in the show were made by regional designers and artists like Rana Woolens, Albany/Brooklyn designer Cinderloop and Elissa Halloran. The rest come from small local stores such as Perception's in Arbor Hill and Seasons Skate Shop on Lark.

Victorio Reyes, Executive Director at SJC says the concept came from one of their board members, Laura Travison. "Everybody, to some degree, participates in fashion -- even if it's just putting on clothes because they have to wear something to work. But fashion is unaccessible in a lot of ways. Not even just high fashion. You can drop more that $100 on sneakers or a pair of pants at the mall. Also, sometimes fashion equals abuse of workers or shipping goods from all over the world rather than participating in the local economy."

Reyes is hoping the show will promote conversation about sustainable/green clothing, sweat-free/worker-friendly production, and gender expression.

After the show the featured fashions will be auctioned off, and there will be food and a dance party with DJ F.B.Z. Tickets are $10.

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