The Fashion show
With hundreds of guests in attendance, fashions strutted along the runway. This AIDS with a cause was the reason for this event. A portion of the proceeds of this event benefit the Southside Help Center & the Aliveness Project. There were eleven local designers in line to STRUT their designs. The commentator, Otis Mack, the Heavy Diva provided the special spark to the show.
The Designers Lineup
The Riot’s Gone Collection by Juan Villalpando
The Lady of the Nile Collection by Lauren Cheri
The Snowblind Collection by Courtney Lucansky
Underwear by Berdan NY
Custom by Lamar Fashions by Catrina
Steven Rosengard Collection
Rosina-Mae Spring/Summer 2013 Collection
Sir & Madame Boutique
Behind the scenes
The designers collaborated with the makeup artists (Big Girl Cosmetics and Celestial Enterprises) and the hairstylist Brenna Spaethe to achieve the total look. It is really great working with designers, they are very creative people. When an artist has a total look in mind it is imperative to have exquisite makeup and hairstyling to bring the total look become as one. A special thank you goes out to all of the coordinator John Flemming Jr., models, designers and the creative artists.
About MadMan Productions
Was formed thirteen years ago as some friends sat around talking about what there wasn’t to do in this great city of Chicago. We decided that the Black Gay Community needs more than the ever-present dance clubs to look forward to. We also decided that we Blacks needed to develop these events ourselves. So as the conversation ended, we all went home determined to do something, to get started, to take a chance. Which is just what John Fleming, Jr. has done.
Our friends at Chicago’s only Black-owned comedy club, All Jokes Aside, agreed to let us develop Tuesday nights as Gay Pride Comedy Nights. These shows featured some of the nation’s finest comedians–Coco, Mike Bonner, Melanie Comarcho, George Willborn, Tony Sculfield, and most notably, MoNique, from the hit TV sitcom The Parkers. All Jokes Aside eventually closed, so we moved to the Ivanhoe Theatre. In turn, the Ivanhoe closed at the end of 2000, but during our years there, we inaugurated Lesbian Comedy Nights to help raise money for the Lesbian Community Cancer Project (LCCP). We were also very proud of our annual Dance Festival benefiting Y-ME (The National Women’s Breast Cancer Organization).
Of course, we eventually added dance parties to our production schedule, too. John stays very busy producing all of this excitement. The only thing that “gets us through” is dedication to ALL of the MadMan projects. MadMan Productions exists only because we’re all working toward a single goal.