Truth & Perception Fashion Show and Boutique

The ongoing Athena Project Festival, which puts women in the arts — from playwrights and artists to dancers and musicians — center stage, recognizes that style is part of the story. So tonight the Athena Project will turn the stage over to local fashionistas for the Truth & Perception Fashion Show and Boutique, a runway showcase and pop-up shopping experience that doubles as an Athena benefit.

Athena Project founder Angela Astle feels it’s important to include fashion design in the festival as a way of showing how women are creating their own scene in what’s ironically still a male-dominated field. “In my mind, fashion is another art form that is not recognized in terms of what’s really going on,” Astle explains. “There’s an art to fashion, and for us, this show is an example of how the project is a culmination of all the different art forms coming together.”

Lucky early birds will receive a goody bag courtesy of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, the event’s sponsor, and everyone will be treated to dance performances and beautiful designs from fashion newbies Enuma Duhu, Quieesha Burns Corii, Ionita Pierre, Kirstine Hanson, Caroline Smith and the duo of Darlene C. Ritz and Deserrie Aguirre (a mentor/mentee team with roots in their teacher/student relationship at RMCAD), all chosen by show curator Caroline Smith of Janie G. Couture.

Truth & Perception, named after the festival’s 2015 theme, gets under way at 8 p.m. at Weston Solutions, 1435 Garrison Street in Lakewood; for tickets, $25, call 303-219-0882 or go to athenaprojectfestival.org, where you can also find the complete schedule of festival events running through April 5.

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