Show Your Colors

As if this month's Biennial-driven Untitled happening at the Denver Art Museum (based on the doubly delicious theme of “Two” and celebrating diptychs, artistic duos, biennials and other things that come in twos) didn't already have enough going on inside the museum, Denver's fashion community is going to make unplanned waves outside by hosting a Fashion Flash Mob that should give local fashionistas a place on the map during all the Biennial hoopla. Inspired by a blog about New York City's ongoing Sidewalk Catwalk event in the garment district, for which haute designers dress mannequins to display in the streets, Denver designer Tricia Hoke and others brainstormed the idea for a flash mob and invited their friends and colleagues to join in. According to Hoke, the response has been great, but who knows what will happen? “It's a flash mob,” she says simply. People just show up at a flash mob; one can't predict what they will look like or do before they disperse.

But here are a few clues: Brandi Shigley will lead a parade from her nearby Fashion Denver headquarters. Mona Lucero is planning a Hollywood-slinky collaboration with artist Jason Appleton and jewelry maker Amy Kahn. Hoke's model will wear one of the designer's trademark morphing outfits, making adjustments to the look as she walks the walk. People might or might not line up two by two, carrying “Designed in Colorado” signs. There's no telling. They'll all be converging on the sidewalk outside the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, at 6 p.m.

That'll leave plenty of time to enjoy the regularly scheduled events inside, including a gallery takeover by the nomadic poetry performance party Cafe Nuba, lindy hop lessons, Biennial-sanctioned video art and more, all of which is included in the general DAM admission fee and continues until 10 p.m. For details, go to
Fri., July 30, 6-10 p.m., 2010


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