The inspiration for this event was a truck load of designer clothes delivered from Philadelphia-- a donation from Danny Kean the Traveling Piano Man. A wealthy friend of his died, so he wanted to make sure her collection went to good use.
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Most of the clothes are in excellent condition and look like they have never been worn. A lot are 100% silk and brand names. They are super funky old lady clothes, and she was a large lady, so we have lots of fabric to work with to recreate them into styles that are more trendy.
Never was I interested in designing womens clothing, but since creating the fashion show challenge it has been an obsession. I'm always looking for ideas in magazines and stores, and checking out what ladies wear at the night clubs.
Thursday night, 5-9:30pm, we'll have another sewing workshop at Forest Hills School to encourage anyone in the community to join the fun re-creating clothes for the show. At the same time, we are helping Stitch Uganda Together-- which is a way to promote creative living here in Saint John, and provide hammocks for homeless children in Uganda.
The clothing we create together, as well as everything remaining from the Philadelphia collection, will be auctioned off at the Vaudeville Fashion Show to buy fabric for making hammocks on our next mission to Uganda, spring 2009.
"Vaudeville" is a term for turn of the century middle-class theatre. It means "voice of the city" and looks like a circus talent show cabaret. Our city is full of talented crazy-fun people. It is time they let the freak out to play.
This is no-addition and no-rehearsal. I need to know what people want to do as soon as possible so we can create the line-up, but everyone is encouraged to come with a joke, trick or song to share on stage.
The Vaudeville Fashion Show is a Burning Man style NO SPECTATORS party, where everyone should come dressed in costume or we'll dress you in a wild vintage moo-moo when you walk in the door and paint your face as we please.
Nate Miller from Fredericton will DJ the party and you can listen to his ambient sounds here. He's also got lots funky tunes!
The party will be fun, but it is not just for us. We are joining in solidarity with children struggling to survive. It is hard to imagine or really understand when we have not experienced those challenges first hand, so I'll share documentary videos shot in Uganda last spring on Youtube and at the Vaudeville show. I hope they get you excited and make you want to go with us to take part in the next project in Uganda.
What we need now are acts for the talent show, make-up artists, homemade or re-designed clothes you want to donate to the fashion show, and items for the silent auction. It could be anything- new or used. The Hilton donated a night's stay to the auction. Who do you know that owns a business that could donate something? We will publicly give BIG thanks to our sponsors and leave their logo forever on the Action Hero Network web page with a link to their site. This is a fun way to make a real difference in the lives of people who need our help.
Cory Richardson ~ 506-654-3073
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Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque
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