The first issue of Iowa City DIY fashion magazine Fashion is murder is about to fall, and there is the party of the season to support it. Before tonight’s release party, I asked DJ CEO about Fashion is murderKane Edwards, five questions about the creation of the magazine and what people can expect.
If you go to Trumpet Blossom tonight, get ready to celebrate and see how a lively fashion show unfolds – more than a dozen local models will take the stage.
First, I’m curious about the inspiration for Fashion is murder. What inspired you to create it?
I got into fashion after starting my gender transition. It’s a great way to express myself the way I want every single day, and I’m also inspired by seeing other people’s fashion styles. I’ve always wanted to do a comic or a zine, but I’ve never finished organizing it until now.
How many individuals have contributed Fashion is murder? And what are your roles like?
I am the CEO, Anna Kahn is our graphic design fairy and she is responsible for marketing; Dolly Sperry is credited in the zine as the creator of our cover, banner, comic and layout logo. We created it together and I couldn’t have done it without their help. Nightmare Imagery’s Joseph Heuermann and Grimmtooth’s Cal Murray also helped the boatloads make this happen. They were especially helpful in orchestrating the release.
How did he do Fashion is murder become the name of your project?
Joseph Heuermann came up with the name when we were going out on my porch to brainstorm together. I think it’s the perfect name for it and I’m lucky to be friends with this genius.
As for the actual content of the magazine, what can readers expect? Will the content be similar in future issues?
Expect a lot of stupidity and obsession with cats. I think there are also some good anti-fashion police vibes. I want to release it every year, but I’m not sure I have the time to keep up with that. There will likely be similar vibes for the next issue, with much better organization. My first priority in life is my band called Death Kill Overdrive, and I think we’re about to sell out and take over the world. Who knows.
You’re having a fashion show / release party at Trumpet Blossom tonight. How did you prepare for the evening and what should people expect?
As much as I feel like I’ve prepared too much for this event, I’m still struggling to put it all together for it (haha). I’ve been booking shows for about 15 years, and this is by far the most complex of all to organize.
Expect a lot of stupidity and don’t expect this to be anything like any other fashion show that has ever happened. The specialty drink is “The Champagne of Beers”, AKA Miller High Life served in plastic champagne glasses. Kamil Anthony, who appears in the fanzine and is the bar manager of Trumpet Blossom, is an absolute genius.
Due to the number of performers, the audience will be low on capacity, so get your tix early. A copy of the magazine is included in the ticket price ($ 7). Buy tickets here.
The zine will also be for sale online and on White Rabbit if you are unable to attend the show. Masks are mandatory and all ages are welcome.