Portland’s Red Dress party has become such a local institution that come May every year, it’s practically impossible to find a frock in any shade of red for sale anywhere in the city. Evening gowns, cheerleader outfits, power suits, Victorian nighties, they’re all bought up by the hordes who slink, strut, and shimmy, for one night only, into a sea of shimmering red as far as the eye can see. Started in 2001 by 75 friends in a basement, the event has grown into a blowout night of rouged-up debauchery in the name of good, attracting as many as 1,950 revelers, raising as much as $35,000 for an assortment of nonprofits, and seducing the likes of Chelsea Clinton (2008) and Bruce Villanch (this year). This year’s red-dition returned to AudioCinema under the Hawthorne Bridge with the theme Red Handed and the beneficiaries Morrison Child & Family Services and Quest Center for Integrative Health. Thanks to the photography of Wayne Bund, here are some of our favorite looks.
Filed under
Show Comments

Related Content

Reporter Dispatch + Slideshow

A Day at the Races

07/17/2013 Edited by Aaron Scott By Stephen Person

Reading and Drinking

Las Vegas Lit

10/12/2009 By John Chandler

garden tours

A Garden With Chutzpa

07/18/2010 By Kate Bryant

Light a Fire 2009

Kreeg Peeples