On the runway at the Denver Art Museum gift shop: The spirit of Yves Saint Laurent
"Last year, during Marvelous Mud, we sold pieces by some of the ceramic artists who showed work in the exhibit. It was a success on many levels -- including exposure for the artists -- and we used it as a template," says store manager Greg McKay.
Find chic chapeaus and fascinators by Natalee M Hats.
"During the YSL show, we'll be rotating work by local designers, and some of them will be in the shop on Friday nights to informally talk about their fashion inspirations," he continues. "YSL has given us the opportunity to do something we've not been able to do before, with fashion. It's a whole new aspect of what we can provide in the shop, as well as an introduction to local fashion talent."
Fashionable frocks from Trophy Clothing by by Haley Mariah Gibbons.
Merchandise includes couture to casual garments in a wide range of price points, as well as accessories, handbags, hats and hair ornaments, all made in Colorado, by Gabriel Conroy, Haley Mariah Gibbons, Mona Lucero, Gabriela Martinez, Stephanie Ohnmacht, Anne Fanganello, Rae Marie, Natalee Moldenhauer, Jessica Galbreath and Melissa May; Nicole Schaap of Creme de la Couture in Englewood will also offer changing displays of vintage YSL fashions from her store collection.
Expect constant change on the racks, McKay advises -- like the mercurial styles of YSL himself, the store's fashion merchandise will flip often. "It's good for the museum, good for the artists, and any time we can support locals, it's good for us, too," he adds. "There's excitement in the air...."
Of course, there's also lots of YSL mementos, cards and t-shirts, too. Visit the shop daily except Mondays during regular museum hours; visit the DAM website for details.
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