Exploring Charleston Fashion

Exploring Charleston Fashion

Calling all fashionistas! There are plenty of ways to get your fashion fix in Charleston over the next couple of months. Whether you like fashions of the 1900s or today’s latest trends, there’s a little something for everyone.

Photograph by Chris Smith, courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®Charleston Fashion Week is coming up March 18-22 in the city’s downtown Marion Square. Since its start in 2007, this annual spring event has become a premier fashion event featuring emerging designer and model talent. Attendees can join in more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition.

In case you’re wondering what goes into a show like this, how about: 230 tubes of lipstick, 105 cans of hairspray and 5,350 bobby pins.

If you’re interested in the intersection of fashion and literature, check out the exhibit “Fashion in Fiction” at The Charleston Museum through April 6. This exhibit explores the fundamental role clothing and style play in some of the most beloved works of fiction. From Jane Austen’s sprigged muslin dresses to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s swinging flappers, fashion often becomes integral to a story.

The Charleston Museum has put together clothing and accessories from its historic textiles collection as well as books and illustrations from the archives for a fashionably fun look at popular 19th- and early 20th-century fashions brought to life by some of literature’s most memorable characters.

While you’re at The Charleston Museum, be sure to check out another fashionable exhibit, “Fashion Accessories: Purses.” They may not be Prada and Gucci, but these handbags and purses are just as stylish. Straight from the Charleston Museum textile collections, many reflect the popularity of the times, such as the colorful beaded bags of the 1830s, the delicate mesh bags of the 1920s or the sturdy framed bags of the early 20th century. Earlier bags were homemade, made through personal creativity or by following directions and patterns in ladies’ fashion magazines, while later bags were purchased from fine clothing and accessory stores, in Charleston or in fashionable destinations such as Paris. Catch this exhibit on display through April 27.

Photograph by Chris Smith, courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®

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