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Alter/Nation 2010

Alter/Nation
Alter/Nation

Alter/Nation was slated to be Twin Cities largest clothing swap, but in the end it was so much more.  From the live DJ to the hair and makeup stations, the event was quite the party.  The swappers spent their time digging through piles and racks for coveted pieces, and by the looks of the overflowing bags most left with, their hunt was successful.  

Model Margot Bieging in a dress from the CounterCouture Spring 2010 collection
Model Margot Bieging in a dress from the CounterCouture Spring 2010 collectionPhoto by Erin Moriarty

There always seemed to be a line at the screen printing station, where Anthem Heart was printing designs like images of keyboards to the minneapolis city skyline to floral designs.  One swapper had a flower printed on the side of a black blazer, very unique and extremely cute.

The hair and makeup station provided by Taj Salon and Spa was also a hotbed of activity.  Ladies were walking away with fabulous curls, updos, and pretty makeup.  

Another popular station was that of photographer Jayme Halbritter.  Event participants had the opportunity to get pictures taken on the runway showing off their new looks.  Halbritter was creative and definitely brought out the best in his models.  Everyone seemed to be really enjoying the experience.

The highlight of the afternoon was definitely the spring collection from CounterCouture.  The company, which recycles unwanted prom and bridesmaids dresses into trendy cocktail dresses, presented a stunning collection.  It was "upcycling" at its finest.

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