Window Shopping with Mohawked Mannequins

If you’ve walked down West Fourth Street in the past year, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed the window displays between Vine and Race. Mannequins sporting neon mohawks, fishnets, and avant-garde designs by Prada, Givenchy, Wanda Nylon, and other big names inhabit the glass cases that once lured passers-by to shop at T.J. Maxx and Gidding-Jenny decades before.

Photograph by Jeremy Kramer

“It’s given so much life to that dead block,” says Tony Tiemeyer, the mastermind behind the exhibit he calls Creativity in Progress. Tiemeyer, owner of Evolution Fashion Studio in Northside, worked with designers Kelsey Wing and Tyler Billman, photographer Annette Navarro, and the property’s “building whisperer” Jim Tarbell to bring the vacant windows to life last year. This spring, Tiemeyer’s team plans to switch up the windows, but don’t worry; the mohawks, which Tiemeyer bought from The Party Source, aren’t going anywhere. What can we expect? More high-end fashion, of course. And if that’s not enough, swing by Tiemeyer’s showroom in the arcade of Carew Tower. When you read the Betty Halbreich quote on the wall, you’ll understand what Tiemeyer and his exhibit are all about: “If you aren’t enjoying your clothes, then you really are missing the point.”

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