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Anna G. Larson, Published January 06 2013

Style profile: Artist favors vintage look

FARGO – Ashley Dedin has the red-lipped, vintage look down.

Dedin’s style is refreshing and fun in a city full of North Face-wearing college students.

The Chicago native and Concordia grad welcomed me into her studio downtown, where she makes neckties from men’s shirts, which she sells locally at Unglued, 408 Broadway, or on her Etsy shop, AENDEE: Upcycled Accessories.

Describe your style. I don’t consider myself a fashionable person, but there is an aesthetic I’m drawn to – vintage and eclectic.

What are you wearing? TOMS wedges, and dress and belt from St. Vincent de Paul (thrift store).

Do you have any style rules? I wear what I like. It’s a matter of being comfortable and dressing for yourself. I dress up just to come to my studio.

I look at clothes as wearable art. I use them to express myself.

Do you have a favorite red lipstick? I have a tube of red Revlon ColorStay that I reserve for special occasions because it’s so perfect. It doesn’t even say what color it is.

What are you favorite fashion items? All of my vintage dresses and a T-shirt from Crow’s Nest Records & Tapes. It was my dad’s, and it’s so worn out it’s see-through.

What’s something people might not know about you? Outwardly, I might look classic, but inwardly, I’m modern. And I have a terrible mouth.

Where do you shop? I like thrifting at St. Vincent de Paul’s and Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.

I don’t often buy myself new things, but my grandma sends me new things like TOMS shoes and Coach handbags.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever scored at a thrift store? All of my vintage dresses. I was recently at St. Vincent de Paul and bought lots of new dresses because they were all in my size.

Tell me more about your ties. I make them from old men’s shirts I find at thrift stores. It’s great fabric.

To learn how to make a tie, I took one apart and went from there. A lot of time goes into each one.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525