Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Runway Series: Community

McNichols Building

10/14/2023 · 5:00PM

On October 14, Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) celebrates the cultural heritage that is conveyed through traditional textile work. On the runway, we feature fabrics, textiles and clothing from Africa, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. These garments highlight the skills and techniques of dyeing, weaving, sewing and embellishing that have been perfected over millennia, passed down from generation to generation.

In addition to showcasing traditional garments, DAV showcases the local design community by inviting designers to present their very best looks for the audience to vote on. In the vein of “Project Runway,” DAV will elevate the best of Denver’s fashion scene through a participatory competition. All the designers featured on the runway entered their initial designs and were selected by a panel of judges, winning a $500 stipend to use to enhance their fashions on the catwalk. On October 14, the audience will be able to vote for their favorites in “best concept,” “the outfit I would most like to wear,” “most elegant/best evening wear” and “most interesting use of unconventional materials.” Each of the audience favorites will be awarded an additional $1,000. The winning designs will be announced at the after party immediately following the runway show.

Featured local designers:

Andrea Fischer
Azura Trella
Kathleen Designs
La Adorna
Lilian Lara Studio
Michelle Delahoussaye
Musa Mahoney
Nine Two Two
Nini Coco
Rachel Marie Hurst
Santiago Sirawa
Tyne Hall

DAV is also thrilled to announce that the Community Runway Show will be emceed by SF1, an accomplished emcee, drummer, music producer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He is a Berklee College of Music alumni and Grammy Award considered artist who hails from Denver. His genuine love for music instrumentation is evident in his ability to effortlessly infuse West African, Afro Latin, Hip Hop, Middle Eastern, Pop and Rock within his energetic sound and compelling live performances. SF1’s energy and personality will be sure to bring a unique flair to the event.

Arrive early to peruse the vendor market to shop for locally made artwork, jewelry, fashion, body care products and more. There will also be light refreshments and a cash bar (first drink is on us), and a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity with a thread and yarn artwork installation by Andrea Fischer. Plus, join us in creating a community rug with Colorado-based Tuft-Love.

Please note that tickets purchased in advance are the best value. Prices will increase on the day of the event.

$50 VIP: includes front row seating, entry to the Vendor Market at 5 p.m., early seating at 7:30 p.m., one free beverage and swag bag.

$30 GA seated: includes second or third row seating, entry to the Vendor Market at 5 p.m., seating at 7:45 p.m. and one free beverage.

$10 Standing Room Only: includes entry to the Vendor Market at 5 p.m., runway entry at 8 p.m., one free beverage and standing room tickets at cocktail tables near the runway.

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