The Ten Best Fashion Events in Denver in April

See the Jim Howard fashion illustration exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.
See the Jim Howard fashion illustration exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Spring has definitely sprung. The grass is getting greener, the days are getting longer, and flowers are beginning to bloom. There are plenty of reasons besides Easter Sunday for getting dressed up in April, with the fashion calendar filled with everything from parties to charity events to shows. Here are the ten best fashion events in Denver this month, in chronological order.

click to enlarge The Scissor Sweethearts will host Eleganza Freak Stravaganza 2 on April 1 at Vision Comic Books and Oddities. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
The Scissor Sweethearts will host Eleganza Freak Stravaganza 2 on April 1 at Vision Comic Books and Oddities.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Eleganza FREAK-Stravaganza 2
5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 1
Vision Comic Books and Oddities
3958 South Federal Boulevard, Englewood
This combo fashion/freak show is brought to you by the Scissor Sweethearts, two fashionable and fierce women. Serana Rose and Siara Gray invite you to celebrate Easter Sunday and April Fool's Day with some of the wackiest people in Colorado. In addition to a number of sideshow acts, there will be fashion from Born Ugli as well as an art market, a drag-queen pinball tournament, prizes, giveaways and more. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Photo courtesy of Denver Unique Week of Fashion
Denver Unique Week of Fashion
Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6
Various metro locations

This five-day string of stylish events was created to showcase the best talent in town. Denver Unique Week of Fashion is working to promote local designers, models, venues and sponsors, while also showing that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ages and colors.  Click here for information on each day's events and to purchase tickets.

click to enlarge Some of Jim Howard's work on view at the Denver Art Museum. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Some of Jim Howard's work on view at the Denver Art Museum.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Drawn to Glamour
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7
Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

American fashion illustrator Jim Howard's spectacular body of work is as impressive as it is historic. The current Denver Art Museum exhibit features over 100 original charcoal and graphite sketches that Howard created for department stores like Neiman Marcus, Bonwit Teller and Saks Fifth Avenue before photography became the standard for fashion advertisements. His work spans from the late 1950s to the 1980s and shows how Howard pushed equality among the genders and races by drawing businesswomen in power suits in the ’70s and using Asian and African models during a period when many American brands did not. Drawn to Glamour is included in the museum's free-admission day on the first Saturday of each month; catch it before it closes on August 5. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Wish Boutique
Wish Boutique Fashion Show
7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 11
Washington Park Grille
1096 South Gaylord Street
Wish Boutique, a women's wear shop in Washington Park, is hosting its second annual Spring Fashion Show that will spotlight Kentucky Derby fashion and spring trends. Tickets are $10 and include a drink, a $10 Wish gift card and a chance to win tickets to the famous Denver Derby Party on May 5.  An after-party at Wish Boutique will offer champagne, dessert and shopping, of course. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of AILLEA
Spring Beauty Soiree
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 
AILLEA Cherry Creek
3000 East First Avenue #203
Toxic-free beauty haven AILLEA  is hosting a bash at its Cherry Creek location to celebrate eco-friendly skincare line Indie Lee. Meet the founder of Indie Lee during a night of pampering, which includes custom detox mini facials. This event is free; click here for more information.

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
Contact: Mauricio Rocha