GQ magazine may have named Burlington one of the worst-dressed cities in America, but we know better. Sure, many Vermonters prefer muck boots and yoga pants for everyday apparel, but they know how to bring it stylishly when the occasion calls.
This weekend is one of those occasions. The South End Art Hop is descending upon Burlington and, with it, the annual STRUT! fashion show. This year more than 20 area designers will take to the runway to showcase their creations, while DJ Robbie J spins and Hannah Kirkpatrick �� aka Mrs. Vermont �� and Craig Mitchell host.
If you��ve never seen a dress made entirely of condoms, now��s your chance �� Sasha Ross-Becker has designed a pair of ��rubber�� outfits on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. And teen designers Megan Mahoney and Jenna Baginski will show off their dresses constructed of tissue paper and duct tape.
With the help of STRUT! coordinator Anne-Marie Keppel, Seven Days chose a few exciting and, according to Keppel, ��exceptionally talented�� professional designers to profile in advance of the show. We peeked inside their studios, visited their soon-to-open storefronts, and met the sheep and roosters that provide wool and feathers for their creations.