Best Of 2005

BEST FASHION SHOW: Wearable Art

Apparently some Dunedin residents were scandalized by the fashions at this summer’s art/fashion show, but the Dunedin Fine Arts Center had its biggest opening ever (by the hundreds) and what seemed like a very happy audience. For those who weren’t offended by gowns made of condom packages or metal bustiers bursting with glitter and ringing their bells, it was a riot (the good kind). Promising designers Frank Strunk III (“I’m not a fashion designer, I’m a fabricator”), Orianna Kurrus and Carly Champagne (both USF art students) pushed the limits of fabric, aluminum and rubber, raising issues of gender/fashion/torture and how to belly dance in armor. We hope it will be an annual event — although this year’s couture will be hard to beat. Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 727-298-3322, www.dfac.org. -Mary Mulhern