See jaw-dropping fashion from Charlotte’s best closets, including Panthers Cam Newton

Friday, 13 October 2017, 07:35:29 PM. Couture from 11 of the most fashionable people in Charlotte, including Panthers Cam Newton, will be on display at the Mint Museum.
Creators of the Mint Museum’s newest fashion exhibit didn’t have to travel far to track down the 21 pieces by some of the world’s biggest names in contemporary fashion that grace three large galleries. And that was precisely the point. Because “Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion” is all about displaying some of the most significant pieces hanging in closets right here in Charlotte — the closets of 11 of the city’s most passionate fashion collectors. And who are their fashionista owners? They’re 10 women and one man chosen for their progressive style and impressive fashion collections, Mint leaders said. The group includes boutique owner and stylemaker Laura Vinroot Poole, philanthropist Lisa Dargan, pediatric dentist Dr. Kim Blanding Putney, art gallery owner Chandra Johnson, TV news host Ashley Anderson Mattei, arts patron Ann Tarwater, civic leader Deidre Grubb, former educator Myra Gassman, attorney Alex Holleman and fashion executive Amanda Weisiger Cornelson. The one man represented is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, whose custom two-button Versace suit and brilliantly studded Giuseppe Zanotti loafers serve as a welcome at the entrance to the exhibit. And the designers represented? They’re enough to quicken the pulse of any fashion lover: Giambattista Valli, Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Isaac Mizrahi, Junya Watanabe and more. Some, collectors said, they purchased directly from the designers’ ateliers; others were bought in vintage shops around...Read more
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