Fashion Cares 2002

To “celebrate good and bad”, as Amanda Marshall put it, fans packed the two consecutive Fashion Cares 2002 MAC VIVA GLAM “Circus, Circus” shows. The creative team, lead by Phillip Ing, has once again brought magic to the event, for which both financial support and pure excitement are in abundant supply. Although some in the fashion crowd did not fully like the new format, which was without the usual catwalk parade of fashion creations by designers from all over the world, a fresh show angle entertained to the end.
And who can please the fashion crowd anyway?
The Broadway dance numbers featured a Toronto cast in costumes by Canadian designers (full list below), creating a wild and colourfull mixture. Broadway and Burlesque were joined with a circus theme in “Broadway Bares”, a work by New York choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who in 1991 stared his own AIDS fundraising in the local clubs and opened a circus arena.

The crazy circus acts included fire eaters, sex comedy and aerial acrobatics. The aerial acrobatics were magical; a glass sphere reflecting light onto floating and spinning performers who extend it’s orbit. The aerial meditation, choreographed and performed by Vincent Rother and Simon Girard from Hang Time Circus, inspired the audience with dances of love and sacrifice, expressing the symbol of the red ribbon. There was something for everyone in the Fashion Cares circus to satisfy both the body and mind. This year’s musical performers included Angie Stone (who’s recent album will raise money for children infected by AIDs in Africa), as well as Amanda Marshall and David Usher. We all hoped that Elton John was going to walk onto the stage from the Mac Viva Glam poster, but even though he did not his spirit of giving definitely caught on.

Donate Funds or volunteer help
AIDS Committee of Toronto
A Loving Spoonful (Vancouver)

Costumes designed by: Alan Chau, Anna Sajn for adesignergonemad, B. Sandra Rabasca, Brett Ginty, Carol Pitre for Red Design, Cheryl Gushue, Colette Harmon, Crystal Siemens, Daniel Morneau for dmdanielmorneau, David Dixon, David Spencer, Ed Velasquez for Joave, Farley Chatto, Fatima Ibrahim , Izzy Camilleri, J.Maskrey for Skin-Jewellery U.K., Jackae Baker, Jane Edmondson, Janet T. Planet, Jennifer Dares for Layer, Jennifer Halchuk and Richard Lyle for Mercy, Joeffer Caoc for Misura, Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish for Comrags, Karey Shinn for Shinn Design, Keith Richardson for antifashion, Kendra Francis for franke, Kevin Hirschfeld Stewart, Kim Ironmonger for Valencienne Bridal Design, Leonard Desmarais and Richard Bergeron for Effigy, Madeleine Wong, Marilyn Brooks, Mark Anhang, Mark O’Connell, Marty Rotman for Northbound Leather, Morganne Newson for Miraki, Noel Crisostomo, Norman Brackett for Quantum Style Labs, Pat McDonagh, Paulo Ferro, Phillippe Au, Richard Madden, Robert Kennedy, Rommel, Sara Purves for Purves Art & Design, Shigenobu Kawanishi for Shige, Stephen Stanish, Stephen Wong, Sunny Choi, Susan Dicks, Susy Yu, Tonya Hamilton Hamilton’s Theatrical Supply, Ula Zukowska for Ula2, Welly For Welly Fashions