100 Colorado Creatives: Couture staple and Westword Whiteout designer Mona Lucero

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#95 Mona Lucero For two decades, Mona Lucero has been making her mark on the Denver fashion scene with innovative design and a constant stream of new work. A former independent shop owner -- her store closed in late 2012 after a ten-year run -- the Westword MasterMind puts just as much effort into upping the exposure of the designers who work alongside her as she does her own runway pieces.

In advance of Lucero's participation in Westword's inaugural Whiteout Fashion Show this Thursday, February 7, the culmination of Art of Winter at the McNichols Building, she shared with us what is happening in her corner of the studio.

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Note: VIP tickets to Whiteout are sold out! Show and Tell readers can get a discount on GA seats by using the WESTWORD promo code here.

Westword: What are you most excited about presenting at this year's Whiteout fashion show?

Mona Lucero: I'm excited about a new draping process I started using as of last summer, in which I use one uncut piece of fabric and drape the design. There are no seams. There is one dress in the show like it, and I'm exploring this new idea.

Are you working on any project/collaborations that you're looking forward to sharing with the community?

I am, but I can't give details yet. It involves my studio-mates and mentoring new designers and artists. We're excited!

If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

I would love to collaborate with Issey Miyake... no, to collaborate with him would be presumptuous. I would just love to learn from him. I love his technical experimentation in fabric and his amazing shapes.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

The Dalai Lama. He sticks with his beliefs in a world that goes the opposite direction.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

I never want to see any art die.

What's your day job?

This is what I do.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

I would spend some money on certain types of equipment and fabrics. I would start a studio where I could create fabrics, do screenprinting and embroidery, and hire a staff of amazing professionals to help me. I would also give money to my artist friends to help them. I would pay scientists to cure psychosis. I would make sure no one would go hungry... well, you said unlimited!

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Buy it.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Right now, my studio-mates Jimmy Sellars and Lauri Lynnxe Murphy. They're both very talented and passionate about their work.

See Mona Lucero's designs at Whiteout on Thursday, February 7. Use the hashtag #Whiteout13 to mark all your Whiteout Fashion Show conversations online -- and for a chance to win tickets!

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