Art Bras featured at Brazarre Houston in 2014.

It was Bette Midler, in Beaches, who taught us why we call our undergarments brassieres. Now it's time to learn about the Brazarre.

Brazarre Houston
May 30, 6-9 p.m.
Tickets $15
G Gallery
301 E 11th St.
brazarrehouston.com 

Brazarre Houston, an annual event now in its fifth year, is dedicated to raising money for the American Cancer Society in a fun and unique way. The brainchild of Houstonian Vicki Eaker, the event this Saturday will feature about two dozen works of art in myriad media that are each inspired by the old-fashioned bra. 

In previous years, the art bras an display have ranged from topiary, wood and wicker lingerie to a stuffed bunny in underwear to pretty bejeweled bras that one might be tempted to wear. This year Brazarre Houston publicity chair Randall Custer says he's particularly excited about a submission from a New York-based runway photographer, who donated a photograph of a woman lounging in her underthings.

"It reminds me of Marilyn Monroe in her famous picture by the window frame, it's got that retro 1940s/50s look, just a beautiful woman in lingerie, very tasteful," says Custer.

One thing to note: while the bra theme might lead one to assume that this event is all about breast cancer, funds raised support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, which is dedicated to fighting the entire cancer spectrum. Artists will often use colors or ribbons in their art bras to symbolize a type of cancer that has had an effect on their lives.

In addition to the chance to check out (and bid on) these art bras in the Brazarre Bazaar, a $15 ticket to the event also gets you bites from Union Kitchen, Karbach beers and the chance to enjoy performances by local band Grifters & Shills and Brazilian singer Lois Albez.

"Houston artists have been so generous in supporting The Brazarre," says Eaker. "Their artful bras are inventive, beautiful, fun, funny and make you think about a woman’s most supportive sartorial asset."

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