Charity chic

Posted on 09 Apr 2009 at 10:30am
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor

East Dallas queer clothiers House of Dang add a stylish touch to Fashion Cited fundraiser


DRESSY CASUAL: Andrew Bayer, left, and Doug Voisin show off 202, one of 10 House of Dang! garments featured in Fashion Cited. DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dallas Voice

There’s something liberating about the laid-back aesthetic at House of Dang! — the three-year-old East Dallas boutique that’s filled with vintage accessories, nifty art and unique bo-ho apparel.

While getting ready for Fashion Cited (the annual fundraiser for The Legal Hospice of Texas) Dang co-owner Andrew Bayer points out the mixture of silk and jersey-knit on a new dress they made for the runway event.

"I think this jersey material is from an old blue T-shirt," Bayer says. "Our inspiration? I don’t know — it’s just cute. I guess we’re inspired by stuff that our friends wear."

Bayer says they don’t spend much time labeling garments. He searches for a tag on the dress’ neckline.

"We call this one ’202,’" he smiles. "We play around with clothing here. I don’t think fashion should ever be stuffy or stiff."

Dang’s other owner Doug Voisin explains the construction of 202.

"We drape everything over a dress form and then build the shape from there," he says. "I guess a girl could wear this for a dinner or out for cocktails."
How about to the funeral home?

"Yes! Funeral Home Barbie," Voisin laughs.

For the past three years, House of Dang! has created jacket for the DIFFA Dallas Collection. This is the first year they’re working with Fashion Citied, which provides legal assistance for people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

For the event, House of Dang! is one of 15 design teams that will contribute 10 garments each.

House of Dang is located at 4219 Bryan St. Open Fridays-Sundays. 214-827-1146




RUNWAY THURSDAY
Fashion Cited, held at Positive Space,1729 Irving Blvd. April 16, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
$40. 214-521-6622 • Benefits Legal Hospice of Texas.



OUR ANGUISHED CELIBATE


Tortured, enigmatic and always ready with a tart turn of phrase, Morrissey has for decades been the Elvis for the young and forlorn.

For more than 25 years, the former Smiths singer and songwriter has played the part of alternative music’s Peter Pan — an adult forever mired in teenaged moodiness.

Morrissey’s latest, the highly personal "Years of Refusal" will likely make up a large part his Dallas stop on Friday. Last time Moz played the Palladium, he told his ecstatic worshippers, "Saddle up, Dallas."

— D.A.K.


Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S Lamar St. April 10 at 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$45. 214-373-8000.

SNUFFED OUT


As of April 10, the smoking ban went into effect. The ban prohibits smoking in practically every indoor Dallas workplace — including bars and billiard halls.

People or businesses found violating it face a $200 fine for each offense.
If y’all are experiencing a nicotine fit, you can still light up — just head to an outdoor patio or porch.

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