Cover More Fashion, Less Society Gossip

RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 3, 2003

Dear Editor,
   I am writing to express my disappointment regarding your column "After a Fashion."
   Several colleagues and I spent nearly a year planning a fashion show and craft fair designed to showcase local, independent designers, artists, and businesses. The show (Stitch: Fashion w/o Fascism) featured clothing designs by nine of Austin's freshest designers (including kaemmeche, Amet and Sasha, Sparkle Craft, Rubypearl, Chia, Afsaneh Taki, Kari Perkins, All Dressed Up and Shy, and Kate Proby) and work by 25 crafty small businesses rooted in Austin (including the Austin Craft Mafia, Naughty Secretary Club, Ruby Goes Retro, Arntson Designs, and many more). The event sold out with over 500 attendees.
   Later that week, another local fashion show (Fabrication) hit the runway at the Parish, and featured three designers: Erin Mikulenka, Jen Rea, and Christopher Trout. This show, like Stitch, was a huge success, and was packed to the rafters with onlookers.
   Neither show was mentioned in your column: not before the events, not three weeks after the events. I take it personally when my own event doesn't get mentioned; however, my disappointment goes deeper than my own bruised ego. Austin is not known for its huge fashion scene. There aren't many fashion shows here, and those that do get attention are retail shows that showcase nonlocal talent. It seems, then, that a fashion columnist would be thrilled to find two local shows in the same week, and would make a point to attend them, and celebrate them.
   I am a huge fan of the Chronicle. I think you do a great job promoting local artists in most genres – art, theatre, film, music, etc. For those of us who care deeply about the small fashion scene in Austin, please do us a favor: Get a fashion writer who is in touch with the current fashion happenings in Austin, or change the name of Mr. Moser's column to something more appropriate to his talent as a society writer.
Tina Lockwood
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