Fashion at the Mint: A glance at And the Bead Goes On



Last Thursday evening, the Mint Museum on Randolph Road previewed the opening of two new exhibits that gave viewers a look at both the museum's history and their future. And the Bead Goes On showcases a variety of beaded garments along with cutting edge contemporary runway fashion while Heritage Gallery celebrates the Mint's 75-year history as the state's very first art museum to display photos, artifacts and art in a detailed historical timeline.

And the Bead Goes On includes contemporary runway fashions and designs by Charlotte's own Kevin Vain, a 17-year-old designer. If he's not on your radar, he should be.


In response to such an amazing opportunity to have his designs shown at the Mint Museum, Carter said, "I'm still in shock that at age 17 my work is on exhibit alongside some of the gurus in fashion and pop culture." Other designers include Halston, Bob Mackie, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, and Alber Elbaz. for which will all be on view through February 2013.

"This exhibition includes some of the top talents in the fashion world - from America, France, India, Nigeria, and elsewhere," said Charles Mo, the Mint's director of fine arts. "These fashions present unique statements of creativity that speak to the human passion for beauty, adornment and identity."



T. Strong is a TV personality, personal stylist and fashion journalist who contributes commentary on Creative Loafing's Klepto blog in addition to writing for several other national media organizations. To learn more visit or follow therealtstrong on Twitter.

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