It’s “Orange Is the New Black” Week here on BTR, and I have a really unique, engaging topic and guest on the show for you today. There is a growing trend amongst international women’s prisons to host annual beauty pageants; Russian-born, U.S.-based filmmaker Irina Vodar was behind a 2007 documentary titled Miss Gulag that looks at just such a pageant, held by inmates at a Siberian prison camp. The incarcerated women design and construct three different costumes for three phases of competition, each with the hope of winning the crown title.
On today’s show, you’ll hear Irina talk about the women in Miss Gulag, why she felt compelled to tell their stories, the positive impact of the beauty pageant on their lives and transformations, her take on Russian fashion culture, and her latest documentary, The Cycle, a deeply personal exploration of a socially taboo topic.
Plus, a playlist full of great new folk and punk from artists like Tica Douglas, Neko Case, Summer Cannibals, and more. So suit up and tune in! It’s time to fall in line for fashion with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
The women of UF 91/9
The reigning Miss Gulag
Another costume from the Miss Gulag Pageant
– The official Miss Gulag website, where you can find viewing info for the documentary.
– The site for Irina Vodar’s new film, The Cycle, where you can also find details for the 9/27 screening and forum at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
– An article on the positive effects of beauty pageants in prison, from Allure.
Russian Fashion Finds:
– A recent feature from Refinery29 on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Russia & their hottest new designers.
– Literally THE Russian Fashion Blog, an awesome online publication dedicated to Russian fashion, including a stellar list of Russian street style blogs.
– Ersa Wedding is one of the premier Russian wedding gown design houses; it’s easy to see what Irina was raving about!
(Photo by Ryan Schierling)
Oct 18 – P60 – Amstelveen, Netherlands
Jan 10 – De Effenaar Eindhoven – Eindhoven, Netherlands
(Photo by Emily Shur)
Oct 5 – Way Over Yonder Festival @ Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA
Oct 6 – Austin City Limits Live – Austin, TX
Oct 13 – ACL Music Festival @ Zilker Park – Austin, TX
Oct 15 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
Oct 16 & 17 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 19 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Oct 20 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
Oct 22 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
Oct 23 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Oct 24 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
Oct 25 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Oct 26 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NC
Oct 27 – Paramount Theatre – Charlottesville, VA
Oct 29 – The State Theatre of Ithaca – Ithaca, NY
Oct 30 & 31 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, D.C.
(Photo by Jason Quigley)
Nov 17 – Rontoms – Portland, OR
The Kissaway Trail
(Photo by Thomas Fagerlund)
Oct 1 – Studio 672, Stadtgarten – Cologne, Germany
Oct 2 – Karrera Klub – Berlin, Germany
Oct 3 – Prinzenbar – Hamburg, Germany
Oct 5 – Chelsea – Vienna, Austria
Oct 6 – Cafe Central – Weinheim, Germany
Oct 7 – Le Romandie – Lausanne, Switzerland
Oct 9 – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – London, United Kingdom
Oct 10 – Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
Oct 12 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 18 – Radar – Aarhus, Denmark
Oct 19 – Rust – Copenhagen, Denmark
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