Friday, November 02, 2007
Chinoiserie Condom Couture
Here’s the news release and the pictures hot off the catwalk:
Condom Fashion Show in China
Models parade in outfits made of condoms during a fashion show at the 4th China Reproductive Health New Technologies & Products Expo in Beijing July 11, 2007. Condoms of all shapes and sizes were used to make dresses, hats and even lollipops. Models fought through extravagant soap bubble special effects to show off tight-fitting wedding gowns, scaly-looking evening dresses, outrageous bikinis and other garments made entirely of condoms. The show was held at the Fourth China Reproductive Health New Technologies and Products Expo and organized by China's largest condom manufacturer, Guilin Latex Factory, to promote the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It also marked World Population Day, organized annually by the U.N. Population Fund.
There’s a gathering of some Boston and some New York City gay bloggers this weekend. The new Yorkers are coming up here; ironically, I’m heading down to NYC Saturday morning for an orgy of three operas at the MET and New York City Opera on both Saturday and Sunday*. I also get to meet my younger daughter for dinner on Saturday evening along with her current beau, one I am told looks very good for the long haul. He sounds to be a very nice young man from her descriptions.
However, the gathering begins tonight (Friday) with dinner at some chic but hopefully minimally affordable little bistro in the tres gai South End, followed by the rest of the evening at Fritz (Fritz the bar, not Fritz my husband). I’ll definitely get to meet the Farmboyz, heretofore known to me only through their blog Perge Modo and Joe.My.God’s always affectionate references, and maybe some other guys if they aren’t all going with RG to the Celtics game. The Farmboyz were kind enough to direct my attention to Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall as another building in the Boston City Hall “Brutalist” tradition.
I’m rooting for Atari to get better so he can join us, and will also get to see devoted Back Bay Fens gardener Tony (Evilganome) after way too long. It should be a lot of fun and I hope all of you have a great weekend as well.
*City Opera: Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with the charismatic Lauren Flanigan, as well as Rosalind Elias who sang Erika fifty years ago in the world premiere, now as the Old Baroness.
The MET: Verdi’s Macbeth in a new production that seems to be extremely interesting. Reports early next week
The MacBeth production had an interesting review. I'd probably go see it if it were an option.
And one of these days, we must get together when you visit New York!
Let me know the next time you're in town.