Funky fashion at Eye Level Art 

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Eye Level Art's big Unfolding bash Saturday night showcased hidden treasures tucked into every corner of their downtown warehouse. From the ultra-trendy to the oddly artsy, the show brought out a colorful cast of Charleston characters dressed to the nines. Adrienne Antonson, Eye Level's gallery director, gave the 15 local participating designers the assignment of thinking about the role of fashion in their lives and how American history has shaped the fashion of today. The result was a patchwork warehouse-turned-museum of hanging candelabras, jewelry, garments, and fashion sketches. Old-fashioned corsets hung from the ceiling while a handful of models posed, mannequin-like, around the space. Later in the night, Beth Coiner performed an interpretive piece on the theme of restriction, dressed in a floor-length, cream-colored dress embellished with ruffles and lace. But the biggest hit of the night was a piece of wearable art by Janine McCabe, created from human and synthetic hair. It sold for $475. Turns out the man who bought it did so only with the stipulation that the woman he bought it for had to wear it for the rest of the night.

For more information and photos, see Erica Jackson's Blog post.

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