Visitation: a story in upcycled apparel

Local designer Geneva Bierce-Wilson of General Haberdashery doesn’t just upcycle fabric into new garments, She also revisits vintage forms and calls to mind styles of the past.
Geneva says she does ready-made pieces (for sale at HoneyPot) as well as custom work and alterations.

Here, Wilson, local singer/songwriter Chelsea Lynn La Bate and their friend Daniel Smedley pose in General Haberdashery designs.
Photos by Jonathan Welch.


Above, Chelsea wears a high-waisted skirt in iridescent blue and green, with a large front pocket. Her tank top is an altered t-shirt with a Lederhosen-style placket. Her hat, which matches her skirt, was inspired by — according to Geneva — “a crazy video about making hats during wartime in England.”


Geneva wears a a jersey-knit dress in brown, with pockets and scalloped embellishment at the hem. It has a lace back and shoulder embellishments. She wears a pillbox-style hat with a gold net bow and spats made of canvas.


Daniel wears suspenders embellished with velvet roses and a silk bow tie. (Geneva plans to have more menswear in the future.)


Here, Chelsea wears a dress that she commissioned for this spring’s All Go West festival. It’s a reworked lace shift with added sleeve detail and a textured floral embellishment at the hem. Her arm pieces are made with various textures of lace and long streamers.


Geneva wears a floor-length dress in cotton jersey with a fitted bodice and full Victorian sleeves. The jewel-studded collar is detachable. Her headpiece is of upcycled jewelry.

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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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