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Kate Mitchell 

When: Fri., Nov. 8, 7 p.m. 2013
Modern dancer, collagist, interior designer, writer, satirist — multimedia artist Kate Mitchell wears many hats (in fact, she also studied millinery). With the launch of her new book, Fashioning Women, the Piedmont resident expands her web of cultural critique to ensnare the American ideal of femininity. A “provocative send-up and dressing down” (according to the press release) of the impossible expectations we have for couture and beauty, the book features mock ads, tongue-in-cheek articles, and photographs of Mitchell’s vibrant faux-couture creations. This Friday, when Mitchell speaks about the book and shows some of her un-garments at A Great Good Place for Books (6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland), the tone is sure to be fashionably blithe yet subtly provocative. On Nov. 16, Mitchell also presents 25 dancers flouting the feminine ideal in a Fashioning Women performance at SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St., San Francisco).
— Claudia Bauer

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