Michael and Hushi: Michael Sears and Hushi Mortezaie have long been inspired by Jennie Livingston’s 1990 film, “Paris Is Burning,” documenting the lives of the highly creative gay men who design costumes for and compete in drag balls. Much like the men in the movie, the pair are accustomed to bringing their elaborate visions to life with precious few resources. But out of struggle can arise real originality as well as beauty.

In that something-from-nothing vein, the duo worked humble materials to glamorous effect in witty looks, such as a perfectly chic Fifties-style party dress with a bodice made from a nylon messenger bag. And who can deny the brilliance of a black-and-white jacket and skirt crafted from a tracksuit with a sensor tag as the zipper pull?

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