Over the weekend, anime and manga enthusiasts and scholars flocked to MCAD for the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures. The event, formerly known as SGMS (Schoolgirls and Mobile Suits), brings fans of Japanese pop culture together to celebrate and explore anime, manga, art, films, gaming, and fashion.
Anna Gulbrandsen Style from the 2012 Full Fashion Panic runway show at MCAD.
But the event is not just a bunch of fans fawning over the latest and greatest manga series -- it's got academic appeal, too. Mechademia director Frenchy Lunning describes the conference as a collection of scholars "discussing the prevalence of popular culture that goes global from Japan."More »
It's been a rocky year for volunteer-run nonprofit MNfashion. Last January, the organization stated that it would no longer be hosting its signature local fashion party, the Shows, and that the future of Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week was up in the air. Then in April it was announced that MNfashion would move from curating events to having an online promotional presence. Well, that didn't work out either, as this weekend MNfashion announced that it is closing shop completely.
On a chilly Friday night, Orchestra Hall hosted another successful season of Envision, one of the Twin Cities' most popular fashion shows. The crowds gathered around the runway (and watching from the floors above) were treated to 13 designers' collections throughout the evening.
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On a warm summer Friday evening, it was more than just the weather that was gorgeous. The State Theatre rolled out the red carpet for the annual Macy's Glamorama event, packed to the brim with the city's most fashionable folks. The event kicked off the first of a four-city tour that will travel to Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Tony Nelson Some of INC's pattern-filled collection at Glamorama 2014
Glamorama 2014: Party people