To celebrate the opera, Shigley enlisted seven designers to create theater-going couture inspired by Rhodess panache; the finished garments will debut on the runway tonight to a soundtrack lifted from Bizets exotic opera set in Ceylon after Rhodes herself gives a presentation on her dizzyingly gorgeous work. Its a great event to celebrate the opera and a fun fashion showcase for local designers, says Shigley, who chose the participating designers because of their flair for the elegant. And Shigley, an opera newbie, is now even inspired to attend one, which should come in handy when the second half of this event, Fashion Denvers Night at the Opera, unfolds at the Ellie for the February 20 performance of The Pearl Fishers, with a special $50 ticket price. Its designed to appeal to a crowd of people not familiar with Opera Colorado, Fuller explains. (For the cheap tix, go to www.ticketmaster.com/fashiondenver.)
Admission to todays event, 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Level B2 Conference Center of the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, is free; log on to www.denverlibrary.org/fresh or call 720-865-1205 for details.
Sat., Feb. 7, 2-4:30 p.m., 2009