Theme: The Future of Culture
At Lighting Society we believe that art can be healing and celebration can bridge worlds. This year’s theme of Convergence celebrates this dream: Inclusion is the future of culture. Our community of bright minds hails from dozens of countries, and represents more professions, identities and orientations than we can imagine. Once you become part of this community, you find yourself part of a network of beautiful souls composed of a vast constellation of perspectives. We love and appreciate this about our city, and our friends. We’re more than a melting pot, we’re a treasure chest of jewels. For Fall’s Burlesquerade, our goal isn’t to host a costume party, but to create a celebration of each other’s authentic self expression.
In this challenging and frightening age of media bubbles and walls, we are bombarded with messages of an inevitable dystopian future. Let’s respond collectively by creating the possibility of a beautiful and collaborative future where cultures can mingle, exchange ideas, learn from each other. Each of us is valuable in our own way, but collectively we are stunning in our richness and diversity. Recognizing that fashion can be an entry point for both connection and culture, what has touched you, inspired you, or nourished your soul? What makes you feel beautiful, powerful and fully expressed? What is the most aspiration version of that? Show us the stories within you and collectively we’ll celebrate them!
We are asking you to wear fashion that represents the beautiful moments of connection you’ve made here and in your travels around the world. Think of bright, bold, celebratory patterns that have a deeper meaning, embellishments and accessories handmade with love, and fashion that has had a positive impact on a community somewhere in the world. The best global fashion is something that is part of your story — that you bought straight from the artisan, or that was gifted to you as a token of friendship. But if you don’t yet own an amazing artisan-made piece of fashion — or want to add to your collection — we’ve got you. We put the call out to the community asking for fantastic artisan-made fashion, and you delivered! Below is a list of places to get authentic, ethical, and/or sustainable colorful fashion to wear to Burlesquerade: Convergence.
For additional inspiration check out our mood board.