On April 6th, visitors watched over forty designs hit the runway to various songs as cameras flashed. However, this show was different from most fashion shows, especially in that each of the designs was made of at least 90% paper. This event, located in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, was the 13th annual Paper Fashion Show, held by the Art Directors Club of Denver.
ACDC is a non-profit organisation working to create “the next generation of creative professionals”(ACDC’s website), and this is the 13th consecutive year that they have worked with Downtown Aurora Visual Arts to put on the Paper Fashion Show. Three DAVA students were directly involved in the judging process, and others joined design teams that worked for hundreds of hours to design and make the 90% paper outfits. The event also serves as a fundraiser for DAVA, a community organisation that provides afterschool art programs to kids ages 3-17.
The theme for this year’s show was “Wonderland,” but not all competitors focused on the popular tale of Alice. Other common themes visible on the runway were depictions of angels and other biblical references, and designs based around aspects of nature. The winner of both first place overall and first place in the student awards was Welcome to the Tea Party, which was modeled by Devyn Masias, and based on the tea party depicted in the 1950s version of Alice in Wonderland.
This year’s show was hosted by artist and model Olivia Gonzales and public figure and LGBTQ+ advocate Michael Garcia. Gonzales was also the stage designer for this years Paper Fashion Show.
The event will take place again next year, allowing patrons of the arts to enjoy creative designs, as well as supporting young artists through DAVA.