Peace, Love and Purple: Purple Ball fashion photos

If you missed the Asheville Area Arts Council‘s Purple Ball fashion show held Sunday, April 20, Xpress was backstage and in the audience to catch the action. And if you were there, here’s your chance to revisit the best fashions from local designers and boutiques. Photographer Maggie West took these shots.

For more information on the upcoming Purple Ball, a fundraiser for the Arts Council (to be held Saturday, June 14), click here.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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9 thoughts on “Peace, Love and Purple: Purple Ball fashion photos

  1. coolashevilleperson

    ah unibrows and dressed dogs..
    the expressions on the audiences faces on photo ‘Purple Ball 8’ is very telling.

  2. x4real

    ahem…. there were several TALENTED and CREATIVE people who worked very hard to make this show a reality!
    what’s with the sarcasm?
    in MY opinion (and I am NOT sorry for it…) it’s NICER to keep your mouth closed if nothing nice is going to come out of it!
    have a lovely day!

  3. Alli Marshall

    While Xpress hopes to provide a forum for all opinions, x4real has a valid point: Fashion is subjective and reducing a show to “unibrows and dressed dogs” is unfair. The fashion show covered many tastes and points of view and featured some innovative pieces. Like ’em or not, our local designers are doing much to put our burgeoning fashion scene on the national map. It’s rare for a city of under 100,000 residents to be able to boast so many artistic endeavors. That deserves some positive support.

  4. Ariel

    Hey– I was a model in the purple ball fashion show and I’m looking for photos from it. Does anyone know whereelse I can get photos? It doesn’t look like Maggie West took photos of me. Thanks!

  5. x4real

    google purple ball fashion show (not images) and you will find some from wnclan’s blog… there are a few photos there… sorry, I am a BAD photographer and only have pics of Lulu in lavender… Susan gets back to town in a few days, you should come by the shop and ask if you are in any of her pics!
    have a beautifl day!

  6. Ariel

    Hey! Thanks!! I googled the purple ball fashion show and found photos but I wasn’t in any of them =/ I’ll stop by the costume shoppe sometime tomorrow. Thanks :)

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