A review of the 2011 GEAR Con fashion show with designer Laura Hagen’s ‘Taken By The Sky’ collection.
Today, the 2011 Portland GEAR (Gaslight Explorers, Adventurers and Romantics) Con wraps up its three-day weekend affair at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland. More than 100 guests participated in workshops, enjoyed musical and side-show circus performances by regional talent such as Vagabond Opera and Wanderlust Circus, shopped at fascinating vendor tables, and enjoyed lectures by local experts and authors. I was tapped earlier this year to coordinate the Gear Con fashion show, held on Saturday afternoon in the hotel’s ballroom.
The event kicked off with an “all-comer’s” showcase where more than a dozen conference guests were invited to flaunt their own costumes and wardrobe on the runway, showing off pieces they had created themselves or otherwise put together through vintage findings. As MC, I provided introductions and descriptions provided by the participants while playing lively jazz selections.
Fashion designer Laura Hagen proudly presented her fashionable ‘Taken By The Sky‘ collection of enchanting women’s costumes, corsets and ballgowns. Laura’s collection is strongly influenced by not only Victorian and Scottish elements, but also a myriad of pleasing color combinations such as bright turquoise with purple, and vibrant teal with pale yellow, in addition to more formal autumn tones such as burgundy, gold, and black. Avery Milieu’s fine millinery hats were also showcased with the models’ outfits, as well as Heather Teakell’s “Kricket’s Creation” line.
Lively, sparkling models of all shapes and personalities swayed gracefully down the ballroom’s runway, many finding opportunities to interact theatrically with the audience along the way. I was honored to provide music for the show ranging from tribal Middle Eastern selections by Niyaz and Celtic folk siren Loreena McKennitt, to swingy jazz songs by classic musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Cab Calloway.
Next year’s Portland Gear Con will undoubtedly be an even bigger affair, with the intentions of including menswear into the show. Pre-Registration for the soon-to-be scheduled 2012 Portland Gear Con is currently offered at a generous discount. Please email email@example.com for more information.written by Bethany Moore