Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Love is ALWAYS in Fashion

Well, last Friday, Classy McGraceful hit the streets and got rid of some hats for charity as part of Feast on Fashion -- local designers/boutiques gathered to sell their creations all while Farm to Market Bread Co let us sample delicious breads. My friend Lauren even got in there by making cupcakes for all of us to love and drool on.

I named my piece "Love is ALWAYS in Fashion," because, well, no matter the trends at the time, kindness is forever 'in'. Here's a picture Kat snapped for me:

I tried to set up a win-win scenario between an art installation, selling my hats, fundraising, and donating hats to the world. All of those things I had kinda done separately before (except selling), but never all at once. And definitely never under the guise of 'fashion.' So it was scary for me. 

Now I think I really understand what it means to finally leave your safe little creating bubble -- the one where you continue to create because you've gotten endless support/love/affirmation from people who love you no matter how shitty your work is. Yeah, that bubble.

I 'sold' them for a $5 donation to a local homeless shelter, reStart, Inc. At the end of the night, I gave reStart all cash I got, and I gave them the leftover hats.

So, I think it worked! And my little corner of the event raised around $400. It was so great to see people really embrace the spirit of cheap, goofy knit hats for charity. Zeke here even sent me a picture of him wearing his hat later that night:

We had a lot of fun, and I was just floored at the opportunity to share the space with all the other designers/shops who are so established in the KC community. Seeing THEM excited about buying hats made me want to sob in a puddle in the middle of the floor. But I kept my cool. While stuffing cupcakes in my face.

So thanks:

-C McG


  1. So wonderful - and a lot of hats sold! Hooray!

  2. Thank YOU for your amazing presence in the world and all the good you do. And the many many nights of wine and irish cream drinking. You, madam, are an over all win!!! :o)

  3. Hoooray! Thank you m'dear for all you do! I agree with Lauren that it was and always will be totally worth all the nights of boozey, crazy art making to get something like this from dream to reality. Well done and I can't wait to do it again! (Ya know, like tomorrow!).