Indie Fashion for Social Action [Rad Video!]

Via on May 25, 2009

faction1Featuring high-fashion performances by fAction, six cutting-edge San Francisco independent designers, (ok, ok, I’m one of them!) this Thursday evening, May 28th will bring a stunning combination of music, choreography and unique handmade costume designs. At one of San Francisco’s favorite hipster venues, The Rickshaw Stop, fAction presents “Seam of Consciousness…Fuerza Femenina!,” an exciting look into strange and beautiful fashion, and all in the name of uniting the activist community in SF to support women’s safety and freedom worldwide through the amazing non-profit Mujeres Unidas Y Activas.

More performance art than traditional runway show, fAction uses creative, one-of-a-kind fashion to engage and enlighten audiences. Including burlesque dance numbers, “consumption cocoons,” a tap-dancing American Icon, breathtaking singing and more, this show is a mish-mash of indie entertainment at it’s best. fAction hopes to empower individuals- especially women- to come together to support one another and create social change on a global scale. The evening will finish with a hot hot dance party with music by DJ Altair Nouveau and Chris Vick.

fAction is a collective of women designers and artists who use fashion as the medium for creating social change, bridging the gap between the fashion community and the social activism community. fAction presents non-traditional fashion performances to raise money and awareness for social justice causes, creating local to global change in the world. faction challenges traditional ideals of beauty and body-image and attempts to reclaim fashion as an artform to express one’s individuality. fAction has partnered with organizations like Darfur Peace and Development, SF Pride at Work, Radar with Michelle Tea, and other non-profits focused on supporting women’s rights around the world. fAction is Rachel Znerold, Nikole Lent, Moriah Leuders, Angela Dix, Kari Koller, and Lula Chapman.

Check out this KILLER FASHION HIGHLIGHT VIDEO from our last show!

All proceeds support Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a San Francisco based grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a dual mission of personal transformation and community power. We are alarmed and concerned about women and children that have been affected by violence and femicide in places like Ciudad Juarez. We want to provide information to the community about organizations that are providing support for Latina immigrant women and working for solutions. With this event we hope to send the message that we will stand in solidarity with our sisters, creating the lives we want and feeling empowered to be the change we wish to see in our global community, a world in which violence against women is not tolerated.

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What: “Seam of Consciousness….¡Fuerza Femenina!”
When: Thursday, May 28th, 2009, Doors at 8:30, Show at 9:30
Where: Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St. – between Franklin & Van Ness)
How Much: Sliding Scale $10-25, All proceeds benefit Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Who: fAction, a collective of young independent women fashion designers and artists
Music: Hot hot dance party after the fashion show with DJ Altair Nouveau

About Rachel Znerold

Growing up in the Colorado countryside, Rachel Znerold knew early on that she was different…she saw dazzling beauty in decomposing logs and expressed her individuality with wild drawings on her sneakers. Now, as a prolific painter, eco-fashion designer, performance artist and writer, Rachel makes a life out of making art. With a degree in Fine Art and Advertising from The University of Colorado in Boulder, Rachel began to pursue her art career full time. Aiming to share her awe of the world and the art of the everyday, she has taught painting, fashion design, and performance at a variety of schools, museums, and non-profits. Rachel has been commissioned to paint murals in Colorado, New Zealand and Mexico, and eventually landed in San Francisco, becoming a part of the Mission District’s vibrant art scene. Rachel believes art is instrumental in building strong community and a culture of social activism. www.rachelzart.com

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