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Factory girl: Mod- meets- ‘80s- meets- futuristic. High-waisted jeans, red belt, skyscraper pumps and a just-made Angi West band tee.

Singer/songwriter Angi West ( is a relative newcomer to the Asheville music scene. She released her debut album, Orange Thread in a Blue Sea, late last year, and has been racking up local dates at BoBo Gallery and The Grey Eagle (as well as the name-dropping-worthy Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Ga.). But soulful songwriting aside (her folky tones are reminiscent of Joan Baez), West’s inimitable style is perfect for the stage. Drawing on influences as far-reaching as Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, the yogis of India, and her fellow Asheville artists, her outfits seem to tell stories about where she’s been and who she’s becoming. She buys most of her clothing at Minx Boutique (64 N. Lexington Ave. Asheville, 225-5680). Hear Angi West at Bobo Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 28 (info at 254-3426). Photos by Jonathan Welch.

Photos by Jonathan Welch, on location at Betsalel Studio—The Wedge Gallery (151 Roberts St., Asheville).

• [right] Tea ceremony: A black dress and leggings serve as backdrop for a demure shrunken jacket.

• [left] Over the moon: Layers of blue, including a cardigan and tall boots, are topped off with a scarf brought back from West’s travels to India.

• [right] Tiny dancer: A sheer black dress over a fuchsia leotard and bright red boots are a testament to West’s love of yoga and rock music.

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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