One of our great public art forms is fashion, and San Francisco is eye candy no matter where you turn your face. Tonights featured man of fashion, Billy Bowers, has designed clothes for the Cockettes, Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, and Salvador Dali. His new work at Walt Disney Was Homosexual is a culmination of 40 years playing with the visual tableau of clothing in color, line, and material. His clothes were featured in a runway show at the opening reception, then transferred to mannequins for you to revere through the exhibition. If you ever wanted to get up close to the trashy angelic frills of the hot trannies at the Love Parade to really figure out what the hell was going on with their outfits, this is the sensual experience youve been waiting for. Companion to the fashion show is a photo exhibition by Roger Anderson, Cockette Close-Up, featuring the Cockettes and the Angels of Light. Shooting with the eye of a peer rather than a voyeur, he captures backstage drama and self-possessed preening from some of San Franciscos most cherished freaks.
Dec. 31-Jan. 29, 2010