In the name of pop, is anything left sacred? A Review on [X]Walk Collection

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IMG_5460_u[fblike]Last night, I grew an inch. All ovah.

First, I want to thank Joolie Cahill, JoAnne Coppolo, all the volunteers- thank them so much for making this look so good and giving home studio designers like me a legitimate platform. Many many thanks.

Thanks also to Nervous System for their neon 3D printed jewelry – cuffs, necklaces, rings, earrings were all worn. Their hot brights were the perfect complement to the males strutting their runway best.

And to Zeph for lending me her bright makeup so I could body paint. We were a motley crew of happy pirates.

While, I await the formal photos and runway video, I proudly share those captured by Loreto Paz Ansaldo. Here’s the runway video… and below this, my review peppered with photos. Enjoy!

Shout out to my roomie Alicia Sylvestri for selecting Tune Yards’ Gangsta and Bizness for the runway music and Justin for remixing it. Natalie Holt for late night sewing and Natalie Claudio for the backup sewing machine

Challenge:
I wanted to show many things.

The Look-
As part of the Divine Masculine theme, I decided to upcycle old clothes typically worn by women to pieces that I could envision men wearing confidently. I wanted to explore this last frontier in fashion where I cut men’s clothes from fabrics and cuts typically associated with women’s wear and cut men’s clothes with lines typically worn by women.

I opted also for hot colors. It’s spring! It’s sexy time! And glam rock only really goes with metal and day glo, no?

Additionally, each pieces sported affirmative human rights messaging relevant to current US politics – Dream Act and immigration reform; Plan B and women’s reproductive rights, Prison reform, Clean energy, Fair seed and non-gmo organic farming; and gender and sex positive messaging.

[X]Walk Fashion Illustrations:

The Performance-
We now live in a multi-modal world and have to be facile navigating all this materiality as we attempt to hold onto a sense of self. Policing makes us misers. I believe we must wholly embrace this crazy complexity – in play – this is where liberation lies.

The catwalk also lies at the intersection of popular culture. I always found it really strange how in the name of showing clothes, models are asked to withdraw into themselves and project vapidness. As a performer, not only do I believe it impossible to remove the person from the clothes they wear, I think it is a stilted mechanism by which the image world propels desperate consumerism by manufacturing a culture where beauty is inaccessible. When, in reality, beauty is all around.

This is why casting was important. My models became my magical male friends who inspire me every day. I asked these men to walk for me. As their beautiful warm selves. I see magic in each an every one of them. I wanted them to share this with the audience. They embody the integration of the masculine and feminine divine because they don’t police one for the other. They just be. I wanted the visual outward presentation to be a metaphor for internal integration.

Materials:
Recycled clothes and fabric scraps, scissors, high quality spray paint, acrylic paint and brushes, needle, thread, pins and notions.

IMG_2644_uExecution:
The living male body and my scissors was my methodology. I literally cut directly on the men as they stood in front of me amused.

I hand tacked most of this ;/ Please help me get a sewing machine by liking this project – the hoodie I made as part of this sari upcycle challenge was featured on the runway 😉

Models:
Fe
I put him in a converted salmon zebra mini dress that became a hot pink halter top. His pants were a harem harlequin affair. Subdued in dark coffee and olive but had satin shine and marbled embroidery alternating between front and back. About his shoulders he wore faux bear with an indigenous print I painted in day glo. I had him call on the Dream Act as a *dreamer* The butterflies fluttered about all over his beautiful back and shoulders. Everyone is legal. *Butterfly design inspired by my friend Sasha.

Nick
His body looks as close to a superhero as I’m likely to get, so for a wry look at that sort of physicality, I called on him to don a hot turquoise top made of padded bras referring to the ubiquitous football braces, and fitted, slashed on one side, red rockstar meggings, half wool, half lycra. He wears the uterus belt right over his reproductive organs. Talk about sex ed. Plan B, baby. *Belt image inspired by found image

Andres
I put him in a royal blue cross front recycled sari hoodie and modified kurta leggings with a panel skirt (made from a long evening skirt and ladies slacks). On the panel skirt I painted a bending of prison bars into a declaration of freedom. Prison Reform! *Panel image inspired by found image

Trevor-
Trevor has an inimitable gait. I knew he’d be the one to pull off the silver mer skirt-pant (recycled man’s jeans). I put him in a multicolored crimped shredded top that is reversible front/back. He is a brilliant didgeridoo player and I wanted a top that can expose his chest and stomach so people can witness the divinity of his breath as he plays Saturday at our home. I had him represent *Clean Energy* with windmills painted on his trou-skirt.

Justin
I put him in my evening wear piece, a blouse, copper cravat tie over a hot purple corset (recycled from a woman’s denim mini) and a modified South Asian lungi. He represented my call to *Fair Seed* – Participate! May 25 for March Against Monsanto

I followed the men as Boy Baret in drag – in a hot green mini skirt with tails (recycled from two pencil dresses) and a crop message tee – stay *Sex +* people!

Outcome:
So
In the name of pop is anything left sacred ?
A resounding HELLAYES!

I think the audience got it. I certainly went crazy for it – I couldn’t stop jumping as I waited to go, looking at my friends zoomed onto the main screen behind the runway! There were howls and hoots and lots of clapping. Which only affirms the need for positive affirmative playful messaging.

Hoping to see most of you on the deck this Saturday to continue exploring the Divine Masculine in poetry, fabric pigment and movement. Site #70 Temple of Infinite Love!

I can’t begin to describe how amazing it was not only showing my First Fashion Line but to have it performed by these Bellos!!

Affectionately, Pampi

TESTIMONIALS

Luis –
“Nice job Pampi. Your part of the show definitely made me question gender identity roles. That’s what art is about, to make people think 😉

I guess it was seeing clothing designs that are usually found on girls made to fit guys.

It would not be my personal choice of wear, but it did made me think how some designs are just expected and taken for granted on one gender and seem out of place for the the other gender. And it’s all because we have already been conditioned to think that way :)”

Holly –
“I really loved your line, Pampi. You are ever so inspiring! I can’t wait to join the gang at the Temple in the near future. XO”

Frederike-

“woah, pampi!! just saw it now – a w e s o m e !!! great collection!! i will send it to my sis!”

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One thought on “In the name of pop, is anything left sacred? A Review on [X]Walk Collection

  1. Fantastic! LOVE LOVE LOVE this line. wow! and congrats to the men; they strutted so divinely.. the clothes were super inspirational.. ill wear them, and ill get my male friends to wear your hot pants! you were amazing on stage! simply the best