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J Mack Turns Condoms Into Couture



The gays can do anything! Project Runway alum Jack Mackenroth joined forces with San Francisco’s Project Inform, which fights HIV/AIDS, to create some – ahem – “Condom Couture.”

Later this month – on October 15, to be precise – Mackenroth will unveil a custom wedding dress made entirely of condoms. Some may assume the project would be a breeze for a boy such as Mackenroth, but this project had some particularly sticky challenges.

One of the most pressing challenges sprang from the fact that condoms were heavy and had to be removed from the packages, an undertaking complicated by the fact that Mackenroth’s allergic to latex.

He writes in an email:

I had to have volunteers from Project Inform take them out of the packaging–all 4000 of them–since I can’t even touch latex because I go into anaphylactic shock. No joke. So when the condom packages arrived to my house from San Fran–no one had thought about the fact that they were all lubricated. It was a slushy hot mess. I spent an entire night washing condom wrappers with detergent in my bathtub. Isn’t fashion glamorous?

Well, when you put it that way. See the invitation down below or order tickets here. Mackrenroth wants to see you there – or else!

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Oct 9, 2008
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  • 17 Comments
    • naprem
      naprem

      Hmm… while not wishing to be tasteless, pointing out that a man who is allergic to latex is also HIV+ is…. interesting…

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jamie Lynn
      Jamie Lynn

      There are lots of safe non-latex alternatives–like polyeurathane. Hello.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul
      Darth Paul

      I hate his stupid cliche tatts.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • No 4
      No 4

      The condom dress has been done before. Nothing new here. He should have worn at least one condom years ago. Trying to STREEEECCCCCHHHHH the two minutes of “fame” he has left.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • No 4
      No 4

      …DOH! I forgot the “T”. Just pretend I said it with a lisp.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek
      Derek

      I love his tattoos and the fact that he’s doing this for charity. Leaving snarky comments on a blog site isn’t much of a contribution.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggreen
      ggreen

      Nothing says “white trash” like a tattoo (unless it’s two tattoos).

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hollie
      Hollie

      I love Jack Mackenroth. What a great cause and what stupid comments…

      Oct 9, 2008 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emb
      emb

      If one can’t be snarky on a blog site, when can one be snarky, really?

      And Please, the dress sounds ghastly whether he’s doing it for charity or profit or just for giggles.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim
      Jim

      my god, what a bunch of vindictive, bitchy queens trolling queerty today! what, you just got home from a mcinsane rally and feeling all vitrioled up? what y’all been doing for charity lately?

      Oct 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DavidDust
      DavidDust

      I am normally one of the snarkiest bitches on the internet, and I write Project Runway recaps that can be extremely critical of the “fashiontestants”. And I must say, I wasn’t kind to Mr. Mackenroth when he was on the show.

      But a few months ago I met the man in person, and I have to say he was the sweetest guy you will ever meet. So I find this hatred of an HIV-positive gay man, for no apparent reason, to be repulsive.

      There is a time and place to be angry and evil and call people out for being horrible (McCain, Bush, Palin, Bitches that Talk in Movie Theaters) but Jack Mackenroth is simply trying to raise some money for charity.

      Don’t hate, TOLERATE.

      XOXO

      David Dust

      Oct 9, 2008 at 11:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      That people are having some fun with HIV related educational subjects is great. Morbidity falls off in getting attention after a while.

      Oct 10, 2008 at 7:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ProjectRunway
      ProjectRunway

      Gee, cant even do anything for a good cause cuz these queens have to cry about everything. Get a life cuz what have you contributed for a good cause lately? Your fat butt in front of the computer?

      Oct 10, 2008 at 7:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ginger
      Ginger

      Wow! Unbelievable to comment so negatively on something so positive. It’s so true what they say…when people say something negative about others, it’s directly screaming out about their own inadequacies or insecurities. Go get help! This event will rock!!!!

      Oct 10, 2008 at 10:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • IDNY
      IDNY

      Darth Paul – forget his tats, HE himself is a “stupid cliche”.

      and DavidDust(no.11) I think implying that people are commenting negatively on him because he is HIV positive is making a pretty BOLD/SHOCKING argument/statement to make.

      Anything to back it up? If not that’s the kind of poison/blind judgments that we really DONT NEED thrown around in a discussion.

      and I dont think Jack does anything these days “simply” for the benefit of someone else. He wants to be a celebrity after all. Why else is he currently shopping around a reality tv show starring himself and one other project runway alumni to the studios?

      If you whore yourself out for fame/celebrity then your free game for the “snarky” comments and more.

      Because he is gay, HIV positive and was on a couple episodes of a TV show doesn’t make him a gay icon, at least not in my book.

      FYI – That “thing” he made is a creative blunder at the very best.

      Oct 10, 2008 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AJ
      AJ

      WOW! SUCH NEGATIVITY, LET HIM BE.

      J E A L O U S MUCH?

      Oct 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack Mackenroth
      Jack Mackenroth

      I usually don’t write into these types of things because there will always be haters but just to clarify a few things–The dress is made out of condoms because every designer (15 0r so) is making one out of condoms. That’s the point of the benefit show. My dress is closing the show with the wedding gown. Try making a dress entirely out of condoms. It’s not easy. I have the glue gun burn to prove it.

      I am not interested in fame. In fact sometimes what little celebrity I have is cumbersome. I am interested in 2 things: paying my mortgage and promoting HIV education and awareness. If “fame” helps me do that then there you go. As far as the new TV show is concerned–they came to me. It may happen, it may not. I’m just promoting it when I can because having a job in this economy is always a perk.

      And regarding my tattoos–Yes the stars are not that original but I love them. To each his own.

      Be good to each other.

      Jack Mackenroth

      Oct 13, 2008 at 8:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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