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Asymmetrical dress with small bustle and vintage buttons by Sew Moe.

Local designers Amanda Boekhout of Elliott Elephant and Moe Donnelly of Sew Moe both use recycled fabrics and clothing to create artful apparel. Their upcoming Ingenerals Fashion Show, to be held at the Wedge Gallery (51 Roberts St., Asheville) on Saturday, Aug. 25, goes far beyond the basic reconstruction of previously worn clothing.

Gray stretchy dress with bustle and mother-of-pearl buttons by Sew Moe.

Boekout explains that the show’s designs are “inspired by the Victorian era, especially the dandy.” Dandies, or middle-class men obsessed with trends and creating unique, over-the-top styles, could be called the first metrosexuals.

The show also features an autumn palette, bustles for women, and punk-infused DIY ingenuity. Show time is 7 p.m.; tickets are $7 at the door. Photos by Jonathan Welch.


• Mini dress inspired by a slip, by Elliott Elephant.


• Striped tube-dress, pencil skirt with bustle and neck warmer with bird appliqué by Elliott Elephant.


• Lace collar and waist detail, front ruffle and green train by Sew Moe.

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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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