Top drawer

Retro done right

Corinne Kurzmann

• Who she is: Corinne Kurzmann, owner of Diggin Art

• What she’s wearing: Strappy 1950s heels, a black-and-white print dress from the ’60s, Bakelite bangles, matching lucite bracelet and earrings from an Italian designer — all available in Diggin Art.

• Why we love it: While dressing all from one era can be too precious (poodle skirts should be worn with irony, not with saddle shoes), Corinne does retro right, mixing decades but sticking to a black-and-white theme. That, and her dress has a great floaty top layer that opens at the back to reveal a more fitted sheath.

Try this on

Whether your concept of revolution is Flower Power or Mad Max, the Costume Shoppe’s 2nd Annual Transform the Revolution fashion show has got you covered.

Designers can enter up to one original creation (50% of each outfit must be made from materials purchased at the Costume Shoppe; 243 Haywood St.) in each of two categories. The first is Costume, or “Revolution through the Ages: Past Present or Future.” Meditate on a historic figure (Joan of Arc? Catherine the Great?) or an ideal yet to come, and then turn it into a wild, flashy outfit. As press for the show states, “If you can’t sit down to a meal or ride a bike in it, then your design is in the Costume category.”

The second category — for those who want to sit down to a meal — is Streetwear, or “Reclaim the Street.” This is an opportunity to design a uniform for a personalized take on revolution. “Reflect what you will be wearing when the world undergoes transformation” explains the show’s description. The outfit must include a survival kit; the contents are up to the creator.

Prizes are awarded in each category.

To enter, sign up at the Costume Shoppe. To watch the final products take a turn on the catwalk, stop by the LG Gallery (63 N. Lexington Ave.) on Saturday, June 17. The runway show and a sample sale (that’s right: designer duds) gets started at 8 p.m. For info, call 252-8404.

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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