Design by Jarbas Pereira


As soon as you got a hold of the program, you could tell that this was not
your ordinary fashion show. To begin with, the program was translated into
English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese. Ah! And let's not forget the
sign language interpreter. It was a challenge to convince the audience that
Androgyny was a fashion show as opposed to a theatrical play.   The
so-called catwalk was actually the stage of the Ferst Center for the Arts in
Atlanta.  Dancers, actors and acrobats replaced the models. The traditional
catwalk turned into an intricate choreographed fairytale of an androgynous
character celebrating his/hers birthday with a splendid masquerade party.

Back stage, things were definitely chaotic.  Performers were fitting their
5-feet tall headdress and others were warming-up for their Brazilian martial
arts performance.

The lighting and the music made for an impressive setup. Those of you who
are familiar with this venue, in the heart of Midtown, know it has a cozy,
at-home feeling. The crowd in attendance was extremely supportive, going
wild and applauding as each model strolled on stage with their garments.

The show started only 10-minutes behind schedule. Curtains up, and like all
performances, ready or not, here we go.
The mood evoked in the ballroom segment was one of playfulness and sexy
naiveté.  The two essential moods contrast and harmonize with each other.

· Natural-waist A-line, swirly copper sequin motif gown; dip cowl neckline;
low shirred back; back slit.
· Dropped-waist gown in red and orange brocade, draped shoulders and
asymmetrical flounces skirt in satin.
· Halter neckline mermaid gown in green brocade silhouetted by spiraling
ruffles, only to describe a few of the garments.

Fit and flair were the dominant silhouettes in this segment which came in
glamorous fabrics and feathers.

Then, it was time for a lavish Afro-Brazilian dance performance.
Animal print trimmed with beads and natural raffia. Headdress with
Australian Reeve Pheasant and lady Amherst feathers, wild grass burnt oak,
arm and calf pieces in natural raffia and beads. This collection was a
designer's story influenced by exotic feathers from the Brazilian Carnaval
and the dramatic silhouette from Mardi Gras, both emphasized in an
exaggerated style.

With sweet, sexy and cool attitudes, it was time for some Capoeira which
showcased JP sportswear. This Brazilian martial art blends elements of
dance, music, acrobatics, and fighting.  The designs they flaunted were
multifunctional clothes that are comfortable and easy to care of, yet very
fashionable for him and her.
The show continued with models that looked fresh out of a samba school. This
segment featured Brazilian flare with girls in hand beaded tops and bikinis.
The guys wore puffed sleeves with long fitted cuffs and tubiform pants in
satin and brocade with 5-foot tall-feathered headdresses. Chicly modern,
sexy, and fun were the main ingredients to this delicious eye candy.
From back stage, I was able to catch a few mistakes, but this was very
forgivable! The models did a fabulous job of keeping up with each other and
showing their expression along with the apparel they strutted.

The closing of the show reminded me of a dramatic opera with a couple
celebrating their reunion in a playful duet.  Then tragedy hit and the
couple vanishes forever.

This was a great opportunity to show what happens when theater meets haute
couture. What I can tell you for sure is that Androgyny was an amazing show.

Apparently, some of the hottest garments were in the samba segment. But I
don't think you will see them on Macy's shelves anytime soon.