And Comfy In the High Country:
Vintage Skivvies Lets It All Hang Out
By S. Clayton Moore
Colorado, is normally a laid-back oasis of hippies, health
nuts and other horrors, but last month, a vintage fashion
show laid bare the hip and hot underbelly of the Rocky Mountain
Region. Vintage Skivvies, a collection of men's underwear
designed after styles dating back to the early 1900s, was
featured in a high-fashion runway show with stunning models,
eclectic artwork, and the very cool vision of the company's
founder and chief designer, Eric Baird.
Fashion Show, Gallery Sovereign, Boulder,
April 24, 2003.
event was held at Gallery Sovereign, a large and eclectic
art gallery on Boulder's famed Pearl Street Mall. Music
was provided by DJs PJ Stroller and Sex Clown, who converge
jazz, funk, trip-hop and ambient music into a unique collaboration
they call "four-on-the-floor progressive tek-funk."
While visitors waited for the show to start, gorgeous
models flitted about backstage like butterflies, trading
barbs, cigarettes, and underwear at a furious pace.
Fitzmorris, a regional fashion consultant and one of Denver's
most stylish mannequins, provided dozens of male and female
models for the show. "It was an evening of enjoyment
from the 1940s World War II-era that could engulf all
of history," Fitzmorris said excitedly following
the event. "We were able to pull it off in this great
art gallery in Boulder, one that shows an eclectic style
of humanity as well as expressive growth. I think Vintage
Skivvies complements the place nicely because it's all
about bringing the old into the new."
Baird introduced Vintage Skivvies just last year and the
line has really taken off. The company's award-winning
includes a glossary, a history of the science of underwear,
an ad gallery dating back to the turn of the last century,
and a live auction of vintage items from the owner's own
extensive collection. The site has more than 150 pages
of content, 2,600 pictures and receives over 2 million
hits a month.
show] went phenomenally, but I wish it had lasted longer,"
said Baird following his foray into runway presentations.
"I wanted it to last about an hour and it felt like
it lasted ten minutes." Still, there's little doubt
that Baird's unique fashion niche has legs and will endure
far longer than his first event, as his work continues
to inspire discriminating ladies and gents.
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