Attention, Denver designers: Scissors ready! Frock Out goes down with the Titanic in April

Here's something to ponder in 2012: The new year will mark, among other things, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And, as Chris Loffelmacher of the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life program points out, "How often does a shipwreck turn 100?"

That's why, when Loffelmacher rolls out the library's biannual Frock Out Independent Designers Challenge next April, its theme will be dedicated to the Titanic tale, unlike the spectacle of 2010, which came down the runway like a Fellini movie. "Denver has every right to claim our part in the Titanic's drama and story, and we want to give it a nod," he notes.

To that end, and though its real point is to showcase the scissor skills of twelve local designers, Frock Out: Come Undone will envelop itself in a romantic aura of "the opulence and decadence of the Titanic, with a lost-at-sea quality, that whole idea of coming undone." In keeping with the theme, Loffelmacher adds, Fresh City Life will also host a Titanic anniversary Survivors Luncheon in April -- details to follow later.

Loffelmacher's co-producer, Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver, also hopes the coming event will bring out a new crop of designers to put on display. "I'm really hoping we get new faces," Shigley says, adding that she's also handpicked a fresh quartet of jurors, each with a special eye for a different aspect of the fashionable whole. "It's going to be frickin' fun, and this is a great way to get the new year started. Even though the event is not until April, all the excitement leading to this spring's finale makes me want to give designers a kick in the arse to start creating now," she adds.

So while it might seem a little early to be fantasizing about all of that, it's not. (There is a prize valued at $2,000 for the winner, after all.) If you're a local designer with big dreams, don't let them capsize: The call for Frock Out is on, and it's time to answer the call -- e-mail now to schedule your interview time with the jury panel, set for January 21 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. And visit the Fashion Denver website for all the details.

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