If you are already a HI FASHION fan thank you as always for all of your involvement and support because we love you like we love cookies and that’s beyond measure. And if you are new to this world, we will give you a brief synopsis of its components: HI FASHION is an art project that was begun by Jen DM and Rick Gradone 3 short years ago that creates music, dance, video, photographs, extravagant costumes, clothing, and pretty much anything else we can get our hands on. We have come to include choreographers, dancers, designers, directors, producers and all kinds of other talented people in our brood who all share THE SAME GOAL. And that goal is TO KEEP YOU DANCING, EXPRESSING YOURSELF, AND LAUGHING YOUR ASS OFF FOR YOUR WHOLE LIFE. It’s a big goal, but we feel like its worth trying to achieve. Which brings us to this glorious moment when we would like to announce that
HI FASHION IS MAKING A NEW E.P.!!!!!!
And that e.p. is bigger than the last one, and has on it some of our best work by far to date. We are mixing it as we write this and IT IS MAKING US CRAZY we are so excited and proud and dying for you to hear it! The incredible work of producer/engineer Kevin Seaton has brought our music to another level, and all of the gorgeous artists that work with us are leaping off of its beauty to create insane videos, dance pieces, clothing, photographs, and everything else in response to it. All of the money we are asking for will go toward the production, publicity, and dissemination of the new c.d.
You should know that since HI FASHION is an entirely INDEPENDENT PROJECT, all of our expenses for creating what we make comes ENTIRELY from the sale of our music and designs, and from YOU. So in advance, we would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for making all of this possible. We love doing this so much!
THE MUSIC (here's a sample)
We have been working our butts off to go deeper into more varied influences and sounds to create YOU ARE GORGEOUS. and you will hear the the influence of house, and R&B and electro in many different ways in this project.
HI FASHION has been totally committed to costume ever since the beginning. We constantly fill the stage with as many people as we can and put everyone in costumes, often with changes. So the costumes are a big part of the thing. So we asked our friend Andrew Johnston to collaborate on a project that would archive the brief history of the HI FASHION costumes since we’ve been saving them since the beginning. The result is the exciting project HI FASHION ARCHIVE #1 which is which we have turned into a delicious coffee table book. The book, as well as signed limited archival prints of the photos in the book are some of the coolest incentives we have to offer. Get music AND art for helping us!!!
Eternally fascinated by the way clothing affects our moods and identities, we decided to leap off of our costume aesthetic and create some amazing unisex clothing pieces that anyone can wear. All handmade by us, we are dying to make these for you and to introduce our designs to the world. Everything is one size fits most and can be modified if needed for special needs. They look equally great on male, female, and everything in between. Give a little more and get the whole outfit!!!
Our first jewelry project was a dog tag designed so you can give your love away as readily as we do. We only have a few left so act fast to get one.
THE TANK TOPS
We have a few gorgeous options in this department. The first of which is our standard tank available in grey and white stripe in S, M, and L and the in black in XL.
Made of cotton canvas and better than a trip to Paris.
A GENTLE OF MEN FOR HF CUSTOM T SHIRT
Check out this new incentive from Gentle of Men cutsom made t shirt http://www.thegentleofmen.com/ LA Based designers Roman Udalov and John Arsenault create thought provoking and witty t shirts and have combined an HF logo (created by Sam Gilliland) with their design to make a fun addition to the summer wardrobe. Support local designers!
A MAJOR HAIRCUT
(for New York and Los Angeles only unless you can find a way to get there or get Rick to you) In his other life, Rick is a hairstylist that works on fashion shoots for magazines including International Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, I-D, Dazed and Confused, Interview, Lucky, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Self, Glamour, Details, GQ, and scores of others. A donation of $250 will get his scissors on your mane. Use it for a basic touchup or a complete makeover (makeover preferred since we love a transformation) You won’t regret it!!
Based in Oakland, CA, Darby and Bear are a tag team duo of queer designers producing limited edition goods--and they've graciously made this YOU ARE GORGEOUS poster for exclusively for our Kickstarter backers only! https://www.facebook.com/darbyandbear
THE PRIVATE PARTY
(for New York and Los Angeles areas unless you can find a way to get us there)
There is no better way to show the people in your life that you love them than by putting on a SHOW. That’s what we did for our parents when we were little and that what we will come and do your loved ones if you commit to the private party incentive. Make HI FASHION the secret guest to your party or make us the reason for the party. we will come DJ the whole night and perform. You provide the sound system, we’ll bring the costumes.
THE BIG SLEEPOVER
Do you like camping? We do. A LOT. And we’re dying to do it in your backyard. We already have marshmallows, sleeping bags, and tons of ghost stories so why not have us over? If you don't have a backyard that’s totally ok, We could also organize a trip somewhere and you can come. Or we’ll just do it in your living room as long as the tent fits. Included in this overwhelming full HI FASHION blitz is a pile of all the rest of the stuff, a haircut, and an off the cuff unplugged show wherever we are. This would be fun as hell for all of us, and even if you just want us to drive your neighbors crazy, its totally worth it.
THE VIDEO WITH DREW DROEGE AKA CHLOE
We know how much you live for a Chloe Youtube diatribe. Well so do we! We love her so much that we wrote a top secret brand new track with her…and we want you to be in the music video with all of us. Chloe is about to be your new, most relevant interweb friend-can you handle it?
....AND THEN THERE'S JINKX MONSOON
In case you are new to RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Super Queen:
We are total fan girls when it comes to Jinkx Monsoon! Jinkx is killing it this Season 5 on RuPaul's Drag Race and she has been kind enough to offer her improvisational skills to us! With just a few morsels of information about you, dear backer, she will tell a fully improvised story of your life. On camera. For you. You can jump up and down in your footsie pajamas all alone to this video, or you can invite everyone you know over to jump up and down in their footsie pajamas to the video, PERSONALLY ADDRESSED TO YOU.
OH YOU WANT TO BE A STAR DO YOU
Well for enough pennies you can be the star of our next music video for the title track of our newest EP, YOU ARE GORGEOUS--because you ARE gorgeous. Do you know how much fun we will all have when we fly you out, put you up, and glamourcise you out for this video? I'm bouncing in my seat as I type this, just thinking of all the fun.
Risks and challenges
We are already in the process of producing this music and our new music videos. We promise you that we will meet you with incentives on this project-we can't wait to. Some will of course take slightly longer than others to make happen--but I promise you, we deliver. Thank You again so much for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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