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Genderqueer fashion gets political in San Francisco

Bay Area designers combine fashion with political activism

Fashion has always played an important role in the portrayal of gender, particularly the affectation of masculinity and femininity — from the wigs and powder worn by men in the 18th century, to the gender-bending styles of David Bowie and Grace Jones, and now the recent success of androgynous models,
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Threaded Souls Project presents fashion show

Student fashion show explores clothing as means of self-expression

How do we use fashion as a form of expression? What are we intentionally and unintentionally telling others in our dress? Kristin Aquino and Darrin Wallace, the creators of the Threaded Souls Project, aimed to address these questions at last week’s fashion show held in UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center.
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‘Silence’ found in ‘Echo’ show

Fashion designers draw inspiration from art exhibition

“Echo,” a fashion show inspired by the BAM/PFA’s current exhibition “Silence,” featured the original work of designers from UC Berkeley and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The designers each selected a work from the exhibition on which they based their designs, and models showcased the original works as
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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrate at Dolores Park

On Easter Weekend 1979, three men marched down Castro Street dressed in traditional nuns’ habits. The men — Ken Bunch (Sister Vicious Power Hungry Bitch), Fred Brungard (Sister Missionary Position) and Baruch Golden — wanted to call attention to sexual intolerance and social problems in the Castro District, and so
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Your guide to Spring Menswear 2013

Salvatore Ferragamo Raf Simons Color Blocking Salvatore Ferragamo’s heart-racing spring runway was inspired by “vitamins,” according to creative director Massimiliano Giornetti. Injecting his collection with every color from turquoise to tangerine to lemon yellow, the vibrant shades set a trend for bold color-blocking. Raf Simons, Moschino, J.W. Anderson and Mugler
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Spring Trends 2013: Your guide to fashion on a college budget

(Givenchy, Balenciaga) Ruffles and Frills: At Nicolas Ghesquiere’s final collection for Balenciaga this spring, architectural ruffles were everywhere from hemlines to sleeves. His structural designs in black, white and gray countered any audience’s stereotypical conceptions of frills as twee and girly. Although such dramatic frills may not be manageable for
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Storenvy shop pops up in SF

Last week, the online retailer Storenvy opened its first-ever pop-up shop at the up-and-coming Crocker Galleria, hosted by San Francisco-based startup Storefront.
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