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Fashioning Women
SoMArts Cultural Center
San Francisco, CA
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Fashioning Women
It's a fashion show and dance/theater performance, it's a book launch, it's a gallery show...
it's Kate Mitchell's not-to-be-missed, one-night extravaganza, FASHIONING WOMEN, on Saturday, November 16, 7 pm, at SOMArts Cultural Center. Featuring Ms. Mitchell's own faux couture designs, this event promises to be a provocative and controversial sendup and dressing down of the fashion and beauty industries by the multi-talented Bay Area artist named one of 2010 SF Weekly Masterminds.

Celebrating the launch of her new book, Fashioning Women, Ms. Mitchell is taking the fashion industry to task. "I want to explore the unspoken beliefs and expectations about women's beauty that are embedded in American culture," the artist explains. "I realized that women's endless attempts to become the feminine ideal, regardless of its impossibility, was reflected in the pages of fashion magazines.  They spoke to the numerous conflicting roles of women, and brought out my own preconceptions and misconceptions. That's when I became obsessed with the idea of examining how fashion consciously and unconsciously defines who we are as women."

Her new work, to be unveiled at the one-night event, will shock and delight her audience with a runway show of beautiful and absurd faux couture embedded in an eclectic performance of dance and theater. In addition, a book signing of Fashioning Women will take place before and after the show. This mock fashion magazine, complete with articles and advertisements, is the latest extension of the artist's work, lampooning the bible of the industry. In addition, there will be a gallery show of her most compelling collages that reflect themes set in both the performance and the book. Books and artwork will be offered for sale.

Always drawn to the exploration of taboos, Ms. Mitchell is known for the thematic diversity of her performance and design projects, and her unique technique of using deconstructed clothing to create faux couture and collaged work that comment on gender and politics. The Dance View Times heralded her integration of design and dance by lauding Mitchell as "an excellent designer who textures space harmoniously and with a flair for the dramatic."

Although we do not recommend the show for young children under 12, teens are welcome.

Fashioning Women is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center's Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits.  SOMArts received support from the San Francisco Arts Commission's Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund. The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.  To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit



SoMArts Cultural Center (View)
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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Arts > Dance
Arts > Fashion
Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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