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Our new album goes in new directions and the incentives are an art project in themselves:music, fashion, photography, and rollerskating

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.

THE BOOK

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!!!

THE CLOTHES

The Denim Kimono 3 Way Jacket on Jen.
The Denim Kimono 3 Way Jacket on Jen.
Black and White Work Tunic on Jen and Rick.
Black and White Work Tunic on Jen and Rick.
The Scarf, The UniDress, The Whole Ensemble.
The Scarf, The UniDress, The Whole Ensemble.


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!!!

THE LOVETAG

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.

THE TOTEBAG

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!

The lovely Danny and Lou model the GOM for HF Tee
The lovely Danny and Lou model the GOM for HF Tee

A MAJOR HAIRCUT

Hair by Rick Gradone
Hair by Rick Gradone

(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!!

THE POSTER

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. 

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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.

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    THE SINGLES DOWNLOAD. For just 2 dollars you can get the first 2 singles off the new e.p. "Eighteen" and "Lighthouse" sent as a digital download and all of our thanks and appreciation for being a part of this.

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    THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the whole album which includes 7 tracks, 2 remixes and our undying love. It's literally in the download. Our love. Plus pre-sale orders are sexy!

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    CAKE FIGHT WITH HI FASHION Jen DM and Rick will bake beautiful cakes for you, and then show no mercy in a total baker's brawl. Jen fantasizes about doing this all the time-let's make a girl's dream come true? This and a digital download to make you holler. This will happen in LA!!!!!

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    THE ARTFUL DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the whole album with a pdf of fabulous photos, art, and additional crazy beautiful things likes copies of the lyrics written on napkins and personal photos of the sexiest dancers alive.

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    BE THE VOICE of Hi Fashion. Ghost write our tweets for a day and feel the power. This comes with the digital download so you can take the credit for the music too.

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    THE REAL STUFF which means a hard copy of our gorgeous cd that we are insanely proud of and dying for you to hear sent with a personal thank you card.

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    THE STRIPED TANK is a limited edition grey and white stripe tank from American Apparel and is available in S, M, and L please say which size you want when you pledge. We'll wrap it up with the real stuff and send it to you so fast you can be wearing it before the cd even comes out.

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    THE BLACK ON BLACK TANK is a limited edition black tank with black lettering from American Apparel which is available only in XL. It looks gorgeous oversized on an itty bitty girl and sexy as hell on a big bear. It will arrive with the real stuff too of course.

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    THE REAL STUFF AND A FANZINE about us, handmade by us and the Hi Fashion Dancers. You can’t imagine how creative this crowd is, and you can bet there’ll be nude pictures involved.

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    THE HI FASHION PARIS TOTE. Get this limited edition tote in black and white that will not be produced again with all the real stuff in it too!

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    THE LOVE TAG is a Hi Fashion designed set of dog tags that say HI FASHION and LOVE on the tags. Keep the Hi Fashion and give your love away. These tags come with all the real stuff too.

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    YOU ARE GORGEOUS custom poster by Oakland based design company, Darby & Bear. This sexy poster hangs at 11"x14" and it will make you think naughty thoughts. Plus, you'll get a thank you card from us, and a free digital download of our EP!!

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    THE BLACK AND WHITE WORK TUNIC. Made from repurposed white collar shirts and black interlock cotton. This one is a staple on stage for us. Totally unisex and fabulous on everyone. Made to be one size fits all but we can make modifications if necessary.

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    A custom-made t shirt from LA-based apparel company, THE GENTLE OF MEN. We love these men. Any size you want. Name it when we reach out goal. This comes with a signed Thank You card from Hi Fashion, PLUS a physical copy of our upcoming EP! www.score.com (this website is in no way affiliated with Hi Fashion).

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    10 MINUTE SKYPE FASHION ASSESSMENT WITH HI FASHION meaning if you have a hot date, a job interview, you are going to the clurb and what have you: you skype us and we help you get did up. Plain and Simple.

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    OneTable (http://onetablebrooklyn.com/) This night was created for queers to meet other like-minded queers at a table while enjoying delicious food and drink. Chefs and hosts Deanna Maher and Betsey Devine are offering a seat at their family-style monthy dinner. This is for 1 daring guest. You will join others for a family style dinner literally seated at one table, a jillion courses of heavenly food, and tons of spirit and merriment. I can't think of a better way to meet other like-minded foodie queers, frankly. Mingle and flirt without the social awkwardness of some other venues. Mangia! some press: http://firstwefeast.com/eat/press-play-betsy-devine-and-deanna-mahers-littleneck-clams/ NY locals only.

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    THE HI FASHION ARCHIVE #1, a beautiful coffee table style book which copiously details the costuming and ideas of hi fashion up to the present shot by the brilliant ANDREW JOHNSTON. This comes with a cd, the zine, thank you card and the digital pdf download.

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    THE BIRTHDAY MOVIE. Want a personalized happy birthday wish from Hi Fashion?? We will make a little film to celebrate your birthday or the birthday of any person animal or other creature that you love. In addition you will receive a cd, the zine, a thank you card, and the digital pdf download.

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    THE WRAP SCARF designed by Hi Fashion made of 100% cotton in neutral gray. It goes with anything, washes into the comfiest thing you've ever owned and will wrap you up into a cocoon on cold days, in the airplane, or keep the sun off you in the desert. The scarf comes with a cd, the zine, a thank you card, and the digital pdf download.

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    HIKE IN LA WITH JEN DM! Who doesn't love a hike in LA? Let's walk and talk about life, love, disco, existentialism...all on a brisk hike in LA. I'll bring my dog if you like. He's a star.

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    THE ARCHIVAL PRINT. Receive a signed archival quality 9X12 print of your choice from the HI FASHION ARCHIVE book which you will receive along with a cd, the zine, a thank you card, and the digital pdf download. We know you havent seen it yet, but it you can trust its gonna be gorgeous and creative and special and there will be tons to choose from. Take a chance!

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    THE HAIRCUT. Those of you who know, know, but for those of you who do not, Rick Gradone (the computer of Hi Fashion) is a studio hairstylist that has worked for fashion magazines all over the world and tons of celebrities. It has been said more than once that his haircuts are the best and last for eternity. This incentive is for people in Los Angeles or New York or anyone who can get to one of those 2 cities. In addition you will receive a cd, the zine, a thank you card, and the digital pdf download, and look amazing for an indefinite amount of time.

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    Photo shoot with HI FASHION! LA-based Nightlife photographer, Gabe Ayala of Rolling-Blackouts (http://rolling-blackouts.com) has generously offered to do a photo shoot with you! and us! Let US get you did up in a fun HF costume drama, and let ROLLING BLACKOUTS shoot a fabulous bunch of photos with us all! You'll get a sexy print with the shoot plus digital downloads of other selects. If you've seen any of our videos or photos, you know this is bound to be a REALLY good time :D Southern California Locals only, unless you are visiting Cali!

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    THE BLEACH ART. Created on dark wash denim with bleach and acrylic paint, this group of works are created by Jen and Rick together and can be sent to you mounted or unmounted. Each piece measures roughly 32" X 52" and is signed by Rick and Jen. Graphic, layered, and organic, these original works each have a story. Receive the Hi Fashion Archive #1, the cd, the zine, the thank you card, and the pdf. All of our art up to the moment and an original work just for you.

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    PROFESSIONAL PR COMPANY, GOLIGHTLY MEDIA, WILL WRITE A BIO FOR YOU AND DO AN EMAIL BLAST FOR YOUR NEXT SHOW! "You have a lot of Drag Queen fans, don't you?" Golightly Media asked. Why yes we do! But this is certainly not just for queens: any performer who would like to get some hot press for an upcoming show should SNAG this incentive ASAP. Golightly Media (http://golightlymedia.com/), is our PR Company and they have graciously offered this incentive and it's worth well over $300-we can assure you.

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    2 HOUR KARAOKE PARTY WITH HI FASHION! We will rent a room at our favorite karaoke spot and bring down the house with you and a few close friends. Jen DM might go soju shot for soju shot with you, and Rick will provide accessories for the group. Jen DM does a mean 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica and Rick will bring the room to tears with his Erasure tribute. What are you going to sing? Includes digital download of the EP. For LA locals or New Yorkers only

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    THE UNIDRESS, designed by Hi Fashion is a unisex tunic created out of 100% black cotton jersey. Comfy as can be, belt-able, dress up, dress down perfect for everyone, this tunic looks great with leggings or pants or nothing at all. Medium weight allows you to wear it all year. And we can make work out personal size or tailor issues if needed. It comes with a cd, the zine, a thank you card, and the digital pdf download.

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    JINKX MONSOON TELLS YOUR LIFE STORY. Why listen to your mom tell it when you can have one of the most famous sexy drag queens of all time tell it and save it in a video? By giving Jinkx a little help with the specifics, she will tell your life story in a video that you can cherish for a lifetime. Lie as much as you want, there will be no one to fact check, and you can use the video for proof.

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    SINGING TELEGRAM DELIVERED TO YOUR OFFICE BY HI FASHION Did you get cc'd on the memo? Meet us in the conference room if you want to get serenaded by us. We will write a personalized ditty for you and croon til the boss comes a' knockin.

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    THE SKYPE MEETING. Are you dying to get to know us as much as we are dying to get to know you? We would love to talk to you personally and find out all about you. And certainly you can ask us any question you ever wanted to ask. We give amazing advice too. Just try us. In addition, you will get all the other stuff (cd, zine, a thank you card, the pdf download) and we can talk about that or not talk. We can eat soup together. Anything you want.

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    1 SKINGRAFT LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET in black. The sexiest jacket around from the sexiest designer around Jonny Cota. Available in men's or women's this incredible gift from the SKINGRAFT people is worth $1000 and is gonna go fast and there's only 1 so GIT IT. And check out the rest of their stuff at www.skingraftdesigns.com it's sick.

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    THE DENIM KIMONO, designed by Hi Fashion is an entirely unisex cotton spandex mix denim jacket that fits everyone and adds a touch of avant garde to every outfit. Only a shoulder measurement is needed as it is based on a totally open design that fits everyone uniquely and beautifully. Own a wearable piece of art handmade by Hi Fashion and get the rest of the stuff too which you probably know by now.

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    THE CHLOE VIDEO. If you are as bonkers for Drew Droege's CHLOE character as we are, this is the one for you. Get featured in Drew Droege's upcoming music video for his single, TOTES!, written and produced with Hi Fashion. If you can get to Los Angeles for the shoot, you will be lounging in no time with Chloe wearing a Marc Jacob skort separate and sipping a lingonberry margatini with Martha Plimpton, Martha Wash, and Martha Washington IN PERSON. If thats not mind boggling enough, we will send you all the rest of the stuff too (cd, zine, thank you card, pdf) so you have something to talk about when you get star struck.

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    THE ROLLER RINK BIRTHDAY PARTY. We'll invite you friends and we'll be there too. We dont care if it isn't even your birthday, we'll bake you a birthday cake. In fact, isnt it better to have it when you WISH it was your birthday so you can celebrate twice? You must be in LA for this hot number. We'll bring the hats and the balloons. And our presents to you will be all the rest of the stuff Let's Xanadu, shall we?

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    THE WHOLE OUTFIT. If you are thinking it's time for a little Hi Fashion makeover, take everything. All totally versatile and handmade, these pieces will become your go to pieces for every occasion. They go with everything and are beyond comfortable. Take them all and we'll send you the rest of the stuff too.

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    THE PET PORTRAIT. One of the best things Rick Gradone ever did was make a painting of his beloved dog Romeo which has lived on well past his years on earth. Do the same for your beloved dog or cat or snake or grasshopper. With a few photos and an optional sitting, he can do a limner style acrylic portrait and frame it for you to have for ever.

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    WRITE A SONG WITH US. Are you a rock star or convinced that if you just had the right producer you could give Brittany a run for her money? Here's your chance. We are only interested in writing hits so bring your best idea and we will put it to beats.

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    CONCERT IN YOUR BACKYARD. We can only offer this in the US unfortunately. And we are DYING to try it out. Have us show up and kill your backyard party. We'll give you all the real stuff, and a t-shirt and love tags, too. You can put on a costume and get on stage with us. Its your party you can do whatever you want.

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    HI FASHION SLEEPOVER! Did someone say footsie pajamas? We are both big spooners, so watch out. Cuddletown, usa! We'll bring sleeping bags, dvds, all the real stuff for you, a t-shirt and love tags. And of course flashlights so we can talk all night long and make shadows on the walls. US Only

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    BE THE STAR OF THE NEXT HI FASHION VIDEO for our title track, YOU ARE GORGEOUS-because you ARE gorgeous and we want to celebrate you in this next video. We fly you in, we put you up, and blam you're in the video. It will be ALL. ABOUT. YOU.

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