How celebrity is born is a mysterious and capricious process. Chicago designer Kevin Vong created the kind of spark that kindles celebrity by creating a unique dress fashioned from popcorn that he wore in the 2013 Gay Pride Parade in Chicago. It garnered much attention that even grew to a national level. But with the spotlight of celebrity also comes the flicker as the light dims. This documentary webisode captures the rise and fall of an unexpected celebrity: The Popcorn Dress. (Click on GAM-TV's webisode tab to download the documentary.)
GAM-TV is doing a mini-feature on Asians and Friends Chicago's long-time member and supporter, fashion designer Kevin Vong, who created and will debut a dress made from 10,000 single puffs of popcorn, each individually glued on over the course of an entire month.
The dress design, which blends his Laotian roots with the glamor of a 1940s and ‘50’s ball gown is the centerpiece of AFC’s “Gayflower” float, a high-masted ship that is set to sail as entry No. 19 in this year’s Chicago Gay Pride Parade.