January 07, 2014

PDX Fat Fashion Gala *Photo heavy*

I'm excited to write about this event for so many reasons.  The fashion, the fat community, the hard work, the great friends and so much more!   A few months back I got together with two of my fabulous friends Coco Madrid and Leigh Richards to co host Portland's first fat fashion gala.  Our PDX Fatshion group has had clothing swaps, karaoke nights and even skinny dips on Swan Island but this was out first full on fashion event and we were determined to make it as great as we could on a limited budget and with no experience in doing something like this before.  We were fortunate enough to have this event at the Mark Whoolley Gallery in downtown which was a beautiful location.

Major perk of a fabulous community if having access to hair and makeup guru's like our girl Dreama to come do us up right before the event which is why I am sporting some lovely locks.  I can't pull of curls like that on my own.  I've tried.
My outfit was a major labor of love.  I finished it a month ago, when we set our original date but because of powers beyond us we had to reschedule, and have been dying to put the whole look together ever since.  I wanted to stand out and really have a statement piece.  I mean if I am going to an event as a designer to showcase my products I better show up wearing something pretty fabulous.  So I went for a bold look wearing a full length gray lace dress with long scalloped sleeves and a high neck like the lace crop top I have in my shop.  Pairing with some bold black studded boots I got from Torrid I kept my accessories minimal.

The night was in full effect and we had a greater turn out than we had even planned for!  Portland's fat fashion community came out in style for this and I love the diversity of styles I saw.   It was great to introduce people to new local designers Rita Hudson- Evault- Hubris Designs and Alyson Clair with Alyson Claire Vintage.  Some new flavor to bring to the plus size fashion world and supporting local too! And thanks to Pocho's Cosas for being our event photographer.  Because of him we have some great photos to look back on from this night.

Outfit Details:
Dress- Made by me & Fabric from Fabric Depot
High Waist Bottoms & Bandeau- Made by me & Fabric from Fabric Depot
Studded Boots- Torrid
Lipstick- Diva by Mac Cosmetics

And some more fabulous photos from the night courtesy of Pocho's Cosas, Jessica Kane and my cell phone.

Vanna Wine

With Bertha of Size Queen

Mah Bestie

Carlee of Fat Fancy

Hair goddess and fat fashion extraordinaire Jessica Kane

Rita Hudson- Evault- Hubris Designs and Alyson Clair with Alyson of Claire Vintage

Much Love!

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  1. This looks so absolutely amazing, and your dress is just gorgeous! All the fat babes!

  2. This looks like so much fun, I wish I could have been there!

    Also, the lovely gal with the blonde hair and the mermaid dress. Just, wow. MERMAID!


  3. You're freaking majestic <3 And you make your own clothes. Crushing hard.