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Gender Bending Design: Baby Steinberg & Miller Monroe at FAT April 29

From a media release:


Canadian fashion design duo, Miller Monroe launches its gender twisting men’s line, appropriately titled woMAN. The collection and the Miller Monroe brand will makes its debut at the highly regarded FAT Show (Alternative Fashion Week) in TORONTO, CANADA in spring 2011. The first release is set to question fashion’s gender identity as the collection looks to push social and sexual boundaries - the line is made up almost entirely of skirt bottoms, neck scarves and head covers for men.

The designers; brand strategist, creative director and fashion stylist Louie J. Manzo has joined creative forces with Brazilian born, icon and celebrity fashion designer Baby Steinberg to create the brand and premiere men’s line.

Steinberg received unprecedented media coverage with her up-cycle collection named SALVAGE shown at the SS11 LG Fashion Week in Toronto. Steinberg is frequently commissioned to create one-of-a-kind garments, her collections have been described as standout, iconic designs that make a statement and leave an impression.

Louie J. talks about the collection “Miller Monroe will produce well-made creative garments that push boundaries and strike a balance between masculine and feminine gender roles. The collection will arrest, entertain,  enhance and will be made for a confident fashion forward man looking to make a statement”. Miller Monroe follows the mantra that men need to be men, dressed with confidence, making statements and rejecting anything that looks like the masses. Welcome to the avalanche of creativity - this is Miller Monroe.

Miller Monroe’s fashion forward collection named woMAN bridges the fashion gender pond. The collection will showcase men’s skirts, sarongs and head gear made using unique woven and crossed matched fabrics highlighting specific assembly techniques. The concept will define masculine beauty and social status in a provocative and arresting way. Two skirt lengths will be shown complimented by layered neck scarves, knit under jackets and chest plates.

Models will initially be shown in a bohemian state, shirtless with, vests and head covers that mask and cloak the person behind the style - which in itself is a contradiction to most runway shows. The clothes and body type will establish a narrative and allow a gender message to be delivered that compliments the schematic theme.

Miller Monroe is currently in talks with fashion retailers and boutique shops to carry the new collection and will be in stores and online for fall 2011.

Visit the designers at their new atelier on 1166 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J5 or online at


Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week is a platform for inventive, pioneering and contemporary expression. This annual multi-arts event features 200 national and international fashion designers, visual artists, bands and performers each year.

2011 THEME:

The |FAT| 2011 theme "Fashion Schematics" explores the messages, systems, schemes, symbols and concepts inherent in the notion of fashion, through photography, video, fashion design, performance, installation and music. The festival will look at the ways we create visual dialogues and make sense of the world through fashion and creative expression. "Fashion Schematics" will examine how we build the systems in which we function, the strategies we use in creating our identities and the messages we convey through codes, currencies and narratives.


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