Michael Lee Brandon Powell, a young man of just 20, has a design aesthetic and passion for fashion that is both contemporary and futuristic as well as evocative of earlier times. To me, he evokes both Oscar Wilde and the Pre-Raphaelite movement. There’s also a resonance with the 1920s jazz era.
Michael Lee Brandon Powell, at a recent Chrysalis rehearsal
Artist Mary Jarvis is producing the event.
The theme of Chrysalis Fashion Benefit is gender fluidity and features Michael’s extravagant creations using repurposed and up-cycled clothing and fabric. The show’s underlying philosophy is the chrysalis itself and its shedding, upon which a gorgeous butterfly emerges. To resonate with the evening’s theme, Michael has been raising butterflies, which will be released during the show.
Things get started at 5 p.m. Admission is $20 per person, which includes the show itself, a stand-up dinner by Worth Our Weight, the butterfly release, an auction of all the garments, and a dance party.
All proceeds benefit the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund and Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program.
Snag your tickets here. And I’ll see you there, in my special butterfly outfit. You can add to the fun by breaking out of your own chrysalis and wearing someone you’ve always longed to–a chartreuse tutu, perhaps?