Celebrate 100 years of lesbian fashion


Celebrate 100 years of fashion at the Butch and Femme Fashion Show. Photo by Shona Dion at Sweet Earth Photographics.

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Vancouver’s Leaping Thespians and Remixd Clothing and Collectables have come together for the Butch and Femme Fashion Show, an exploration of fashion from the 1900s through present day, with a lesbian twist.

Directed and coordinated by Leigh Burrows, the owner of Remixed and a driving force behind the Leaping Thespians, the evening combines era-appropriate fashions and acts over the past one-hundred plus years.  Originally created as part of the 2011 BOLD Festival (the annual Bold Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes conference), this latest version of the Butch and Femme Fashion Show will not only include a fashion show, but will also feature a showcase of community drag, music, comedy, and burlesque performers decked out in vintage finds from Burrows.

Held over two nights, the July 2 show will include the opportunity to shop at an onsite vintage tent to find your own butch or femme look and on July 3 concludes with an opportunity to purchase the pieces seen on the catwalk.  The second evening will also include dancing with Vancouver’s DJ Kasey Riot.

“Come early and stay late to shop at our onsite vintage clothing tent, selling clothes that cater to your inner butch, or femme, or both, or anywhere in-between,” say organizers.

Originally formed in 1990, Leaping Thespians is an award-winning woman’s theatre company bringing stories of lesbians’ lives to the stage. Remixd Clothing and Collectables sells 100% recycled clothing and collectables at various markets and music festivals around the province.

The Butch and Femme Fashion Show takes place at Heaven’s Door (1216 Bute St, Vancouver) on July 2 & 3.  Tickets are available online or at Little Sisters and Bone Rattle Music.

Photo: Shona Dion / Sweet Earth Photographics

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