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Slideshow: reFASHIONED at Motorco in Durham

Posted by on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

On Thursday night, Durham's Motorco Music Hall was filled with local style mavens looking to cheer on their favorite Triangle fashion designers, as the venue hosted its first reFASHIONED show.

And cheer they did as a slew of regional designers sent models out on the runway to show off their latest collections. Ten designers all showcased their stuff, starting with T-shirt designs from such folk as Nyla Elise, Runaway Clothes and Johnny Swank's House of Swank.

The show then went on to feature designers who deal with refurbished and recycled material, like Belindabilly, Rocket Betty, Gypsy Witch and handbag designer JenJen, who caused quite the "WTF?" reaction from the audience as models in lucha libre wrestling masks (also designed by JenJen) hit the catwalk carrying bags.

The entire event was organized by biologist/ vintage clotheshorse Kala Wolfe, who also organizes dtownMARKET, which happens biweekly at Motorco.

Wolfe hopes to have these designers—many of them also vendors at dtownMARKET—and others involved in future fashion shows she'd like to put on at the music hall.

Says Wolfe, "I think it's really important to bring them all together and kind of show them the respect that they deserve and give them a bigger audience."

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