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B is for Butch and Eco Fashion: Going Green
Harlem’s Azucarera Gallery presents B is for Butch, now through Aug 30. The solo show of American-born Queer Canadian painter Shelley Stefan offers a witty and empathetic look at butch gender using painting as a vehicle for sub-cultural self-identification and social commentary. The works utilize thought-provoking juxtapositions, iconic imagery and the appropriation of heraldic armour to talk about notions of security, bravado and butch sexuality.

Don’t miss Eco Fashion: Going Green, on view at the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology now through Nov 13. Featuring more than 100 garments, accessories and textiles from the mid-18th century to the present, the exhibit examines both positive and negative environmental practices over the past two centuries, providing historical context for today’s eco-fashion movement. Going Green emphasizes how each stage of fashion production—from fiber to finished garment—has environmental consequences. As a counterpoint, the extensive range of contemporary examples in the exhibition showcases the increasing commitment of designers and consumers to meet these environmental challenges, in a conscious effort to minimize harmful impact.
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