Originally crafted for the 15th annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium’s "Punch, Pictures, and ‘Cue Couture" last fall, a collection of barbecue-inspired dresses will be back on display at the Crafted by Southern Hands event in Chattanooga, Tenn.
John T. Edge apparently reached out last year to Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle company based in Florence, Ala., to create a collection of clothes inspired by barbecue for the symposium. The company, which specializes in entirely handmade garments, happily agreed and teamed up with barbecue masters Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (featured in our Ultimate BBQ Road Trip for 2013) to hickory-smoke the dresses in Birmingham.
The dresses have been in storage since their first appearance but, according to the Alabama Chanin website, the garments still have their distinct hickory smell.
This is not the first time that Alabama Chanin has collaborated with the Southern Foodways Alliance; they also worked together in 2011 and 2012 to make custom handmade quilts that were on display at the acclaimed Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.
For a "barbecued dresses" recipe, as well as more information about the upcoming event, visit the Alabama Chanin page.