Staff Pick - Best Place to Bare Your Midriff

Staff Pick

Walk into Cat’s Eye Designs on Main Street, and you’ll find a corner dedicated to Pakistani belly dancing outfits. Jingly metals and velvety trimmings adorn the busty tops, and the variety of sheer and fringed skirts range in a rainbow of colors. Owner Cat Thordarson started the boutique last year as a bathing suit shop, making the bold move to open in the dead cold of November. She makes the bathing suits herself in a basement studio and her designs run the gamut from sophisticated to sparkling wild. But bathing suits are not so far-fetched, even in Montana’s short summer season. It’s the belly dancing outfits that really catch our eye. Thordarson admits the ornate garb is for a niche market of local belly dancers and, perhaps, students who take belly dancing at the Downtown Dance Collective. She’s happy to carry the midriff-baring outfits even if they don’t offer much financial gain. That’s just how she rolls. And she plans on making clothes for another niche group soon: the Hellgate Rollergirls.