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Thursday, July 6, 2006

Cultural Decoder Sought

Posted by on July 6 at 13:59 PM

I keep seeing posters for the Red Dress Extravaganza at Noc Noc Saturday night: “Red Dress contest—Men in red dresses get in free—It’s not about Drag! It’s about getting F’dup in a dress.” ($10 pm, $5.)
Should I know what that’s about? Ever been to a red dress party? Any idea where the theme came from? I see references to various red-dress fundraisers and rave-ish happenings online but no explanation or history of the phenomenon. This party features “red hot sexy burlesque girls,” and art by Joe Vollan (swoon) and Summer Boothe. Doesn’t seem to be a fundraiser… bearded-lady-in-red-dress.jpg

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there used to be a very good annual red dress party in a private home in the wallingford area. it was very fun. but it doesn't happen anymore.

Looks like it started (according to this article) as a pact between two HIV + friends that, when the first one died, the other would go to the memorial in a red dress.

i'm thinking it has something to do with the sugababes song "red dress" maybe.

There was a skronky No Wave band from Seattle called Red Dress, about a million years ago (the late seventies).

The first red dress party I attended was in Snohomish, WA in 1990 or 1991. Frances McCue and Gary Greaves were living there and held a red dress party. I believe they had also held one a few years before, on Brooklyn Avenue, in the U District, when they lived there. Tom Spanbauer picked up the idea and held a few in Portland in the mid-90s.

A Wisconsin chapter of the Hash House Harriers used to have a red dress run every year as a fundraiser.

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