South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...In a soaring and still-under-construction gallery, a warehouse-sized space of concrete and glass and steel located within University Park – right off the I-35 feeder road, over where Concordia used to be – Denise Prince has arranged the enormous prints of her Tractatus 7. This is a project in which the artist has enlisted people who've experienced extreme physical trauma – whether originating in the womb or from some calamity (war, fire, disease) met later in life – and these people, rendered physically unique through violent scarring or deterioration or other deformities, have re-enacted scenes from a high-fashion Missoni catalog..."
"...But, when she took a tour of Italy recently, she became of object of much fawning and gushing by designers who must be losing their eyesight. "She is so classy," said Rosita Missoni..."
"...1) "DENISE PRINCE: TRACTATUS 7" The nonpareil photographer and investigator of all things vital and human shook the foundations of identity with huge, unforgettable portraits of physical-trauma survivors decked out in the style of a high-fashion Missoni catalog...."
"...3) Face Values? Faces Devalued? Ah, Hell, How About Another Mug o' Suds? The visual-arts scene kicks back into post-summer high gear, and just three of the events we're excited by are the Davis Gallery's quintet of artists capturing the figurative in photo and collage, Denise Prince's Tractatus 7 exhibition of physical-trauma survivors recreating high-fashion Missoni ads, and of course Co-Lab's craft-beer-celebrating exhibition & swigfest called Art of the Brew...."
"...3) Minnetonka knee-high black lace-up moccasins, $75.95. These call for Missoni's cashmere/nylon legwarmers, $325..."
"...Owners John & April Loese have assembled charming shop loaded with some of the most interesting and affordable clothes around. For women, there are long faux-suede coats with ostrich-feather trim, long Missoni-like sweater ensembles, and others by Juno, and Cenit..."
"...Throughout the evening, the nominees for "Designer of the Year" each had a segment. It was the usual suspects: Donna Karan showed enchanting chiffon dresses, though she herself is a bit too chunky to wear them (and refuses to make them in anything over a size 12); Calvin Klein (yawn) showed the usual, but not his new raggedy jeans; Gucci's show was the same lackluster presentation I reported on a couple weeks ago; Ralph Lauren showed fringed leather; and the usually incredible Armani showed a haphazard collection that looked like it was a cross between Pucci and Missoni..."
"...Things to do today: Get flashy literary debut applauded in the right places (New York Times Book Review, Esquire, New Yorker); get glossy photo spread in one of those magazines (GQ, Interview, Vogue, Vanity Fair); get real threads (Hugo Boss, Missoni, Prada); get hot posse to hang with (Quentin, Matt & Ben, the South Park guys); sit back and savor being hot, being in, being one of the proud, the few,... the celebs...."