We Needed This: Devon in Space Makes Fashion on the Fringe

Fashion designer Devon Urquhart elevates thrift store finds.

By Zoe Sayler October 28, 2022

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Red fringe updates the classic wolf shirt from ironic to iconic.

If you can say one thing about local artist Devon Urquhart, also known as Devon in Space, it’s that she takes her fringe interests seriously.

She spent six years as head chocolatier at a shop in Pike Place Market. Her Etsy is stacked with prints of locusts she’s posed with (extremely) baby grand pianos, minuscule Rainier cans, and disco balls the size of a blueberry. As a ceramicist, she “was making vagina cups before anyone was making vagina cups.” 

Her upcycled clothing, on the other hand, takes fringe interests literally: A teal crewneck topped with dripping rainbows, a dachshund sweatshirt with trickling blue tears, a Randy Savage tee with a braided mustache—carefully placed tassels and abundant sequins elevate each of Urquhart's thrift store finds into one-of-a-kinds. 

"It's almost a piece of artwork that someone can buy and know that no one else is going to have it," Urquhart says.

And it's earned Devon in Space more than local fans and loyal Etsy followers. Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That featured one of her rainbow-adorned numbers after the show's costume designer reached out on Instagram for a custom piece. "I thought she was joking," Urquhart says. (She has other film projects in the works, too—keep your eyes peeled for a bugs-in-space print on Prime Video.)

Although disparate in style, Urquhart's items are aligned in spirit. They appeal to people who want "pieces that stand out"; they're "intricate and playful and weird." It's the differences that make them so recognizable. "I like just jumping around to different things," Urquhart says. She's making it because she wants to, and that freedom shines through in her work, whether it's a ceramic potato or a Power Rangers towel upcycled into a crop top.

What will Devon do next? Watch this Space.

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