By Sarah McKenna for The Island Eye News
Photos by Iggy Barskov
Audubon South Carolina was pleased to host its first annual “Fashion for Feathers” event on Friday, Feb. 15, at the brand-new Hotel Bennett as part of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition’s official 2019 lineup.
The sold-out fashion show luncheon honored the legacies of John James Audubon, a consummate conservation hero and exquisite wildlife artist, and Harriet Lawrence Hemenway and Minna Hall, whose grassroots activism helped change the course of the fashion trade while paving the way for one of America’s greatest conservation laws and helping launch the National Audubon Society.
“SEWE has a long and storied tradition of connecting art to wildlife, just as John James Audubon himself did,” said Sharon Richardson, Executive Director of Audubon South Carolina.
“We’re thrilled to partner with local Charleston retailers and artisans to share our mission of bird conservation with a broader audience, and we’re already looking forward to next year.”
With a runway of stunning looks styled by Beckett Boutique, Brackish Bowties, Croghan’s Jewel Box, M. Dumas &Sons, and IBU Movement, the event highlighted the evolution of fashion industry, and its ability to instill beauty into clothing in responsible ways that connect us to other lands, which are all a part of birds’ journeys through life.
Guests enjoyed fine wine and a delicious lunch prepared by Hotel Bennett’s renowned “Top Chef” alum Michael Sichel. The event was emceed by WCBD news anchor Carolyn Murray and featured works by South Carolina wildlife photographer Kelley Luikey of Nature Muse Imagery, with music courtesy of award-winning disk jockey DJ Natty Heavy.
One lucky raffle winner also went home with a bowtie donated by Brackish Bowties.
Sponsors of the event included Hotel Bennett, PURE Insurance, Charleston Audubon Society, Germain Dermatology, Beckett Boutique, M. Dumas & Sons, IBU Movement, Applegate Real Estate, Palustrine Group, and the Cassina Real Estate Group.