Kate Mitchell is a faux couture artist, collagist, dancer and choreographer, and the author of Fashioning Women. She creates multidimensional works, from 5”x5” collages to full-scale dance and fashion performances. All of her projects are connected by a passion for color and texture, contradictions and incongruities, beauty and strangeness, and the expressive power of the human body. Ms. Mitchell’s works arise from persistent ideas and images from within or in the world around her. These works are realized using paint, paper, discarded objects, vintage clothing and textiles, accessories and embellishments, and through working with dancers and people in movement.
A professional dancer in New York, she later founded Kate Mitchell & Dancers in San Francisco. Since then, she has presented collage and couture collections in Oakland and San Francisco. She is a graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts, holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University, and an MA in Dance from UCLA.
SF Weekly named Ms. Mitchell a “San Francisco Mastermind” in 2010. Previewing her 2013 book, Fashioning Women, the San Francisco Examiner wrote, “If designer Jean Paul Gaultier and feminist leader Gloria Steinem had a lovechild- wrap your head around that one for a moment- she might have turned out like Kate Mitchell.”
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