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.
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