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There’s a real symbiosis between fashion and culture, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to determine where one starts and the other drops off. But what happens when you throw photography into the mix, as intrinsic as it is to both sides of the spectrum? That’s the road explored in the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s big new exhibit, Fashion: Culture, which opens tonight at the McNichols Building for a run that happens to coincide with CPAC’s annual fundraising bash in October.
Thanks to the spacious confines of the venue, the show not only includes contemporary photography-based work by seventeen local artists handpicked by curator Natascha Seideneck, but also mines History Colorado’s Neusteters archive for historic fashion imagery dating from the early twentieth century to the 1960s, in an effort to relate everything to a specifically regional point of view. “I wanted to put a show together that highlights fashion, but I didn’t want it to be a commercial fashion photography show,” says Seideneck. “After all, this is Denver, and though there’s a little more commercial fashion work going on [here] than there used to be, I just wish it was a bit more creative. This show is going to be more of a fusion between fashion and art.”
Catch this different look at fashion at a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue in Civic Center Park; Fashion: Culture then runs Saturdays and Sundays through December 28. Admission is free; visit cpacphoto.org for details, plus information about the upcoming October 2 gala, which will include a fashion show, also at McNichols.Susan Froyd