Movement & Garden of Peace Project show's fashions target real bodies

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Women often complain about not being able to find clothes that fit a real body.

When women are in the market for more masculine styles, the shopping experience is even more frustrating.

Models will showcase those kinds of fashions July 11 when the Movement & Garden of Peace Project presents I-Dentify: The Truth Lies Within, a fashion show at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side. Live performances, vendors, giveaways and a designer raffle are part of the traveling show, which started in 2012. This will be the first time in Pittsburgh.

“This is a market that is overlooked,” says Fallon Davis, Charlotte, N.C.- based executive producer of the butch fashion show. “The people in this market want to be fashionable every day and comfortable in their own skin.”

The mission is to spotlight those who are systematically overlooked by society at large, Davis says. The What is Butch movement is focused on educating and redirecting misconceptions about this marginalized, yet vibrant, community. This segment of the market is rapidly growing and has just begun to be tapped by the fashion, retail and lifestyle industries, Davis says. These women want clothes that fit and that are made for their body, she says.

“The focus of the show is to introduce these models and groundbreaking designers to a larger audience while showing mainstream markets the viability of these products not only to the LGBTQ community but to the masses,” Davis says. “It will show butch women in a positive light. They can be confident in their clothing style.”

Guests will see a wide range of fashions from cool to edgy to classic. Female models will showcase these creations by designers such as JFE Creative, Black Zebra, Dig., Split Personality Designs, J. Vega, My Thrift Life, Cocky Creations, iweird Republic and Outplay Swimwear, which will be showing its collection on a runway for the first time.

The new bathing-suit collection was created by Marialexandra Garcia, of Miami, Fla.

“It's swimwear marketed to the tomboy,” Garcia says. “The designs solve a problem for most people who don't feel comfortable in traditional female swimwear. It looks more androgenous and not very masculine or feminine.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-320-7889.

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