Westword's Artopia now includes Whiteout, our annual fashion show. In advance of this year's art extravaganza, which is coming down on February 21 at City Hall, we checked in with the seven designers and boutiques that will be part of the Alice in Wonderland-themed Whiteout to ask what they have in store for the show. Read on for the answers from Cha Cha Romero, founder of Vanity Dollz hair and make-up.
Westword: How did you get into fashion/design?
Cha Cha Romero: I always knew since I was like five. I loved my mom's colorful clothing and platform heels. I adored watching my grandmother get all dolled up in sparkling gowns and pin-curling her hair. At age nine I discovered my gift of makeup, and loved creating anytime I had the chance.
How do you describe your style/work?
I can achieve any look from simple beauty to high-fashion couture. My work is eclectic and inspired by what story we want to tell. I love the art of transformation and stepping outside the box. I adore classic beauty from '20s to '50s and recreating the women of yesteryear. Those women were on point with fashion.
What should people know about what you'll be showing at Artopia?
It's art and we'll be creating looks inspired by Alice in Wonderland characters, but in a very couture, high-fashion kind of way.
What's your favorite thing about the Denver art/fashion/design scene?
It's the best-kept secret. Have you ever noticed, we dominate reality TV? We have so many talented photographers, designers, makeup and hair gurus and models. I've had the pleasure of working with some of the best and I'm thankful for the opportunities.
What's the one thing that could most improve the Denver art/fashion/design scene?
That's a tough one, because I don't think improvements need to be made. What I will say is we need to mark our place and let everyone know the L.A .and N.Y. fashion scene is right here in D-town!
Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Live life, don't let it live you. Don't be afraid to push the limits of your creativity and color the hell outside of those lines. Someone will take notice.
Find out more about Cha Cha Romero and Vanity Dollz here. Buy general admission tickets to Westword's Artopia, which now includes the Whiteout fashion show, for just $20 here — use the showandtell promo code.
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