La-La Land's Regal Fashion

In 1858, a famous chess game, the Opera House Massacre, was played between three people: The German Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French Count Isouard faced off against the American chess master Paul Morphy. But despite the combined efforts of Karl and Isouard, Morphy ran away with the checkmate, confirming his reputation as a renowned chess master of his time.

In 2008, fashion designer Olivia Plyler created 34 wearable chess-pawn designs inspired by the Opera House Massacre. And on Friday, May 30 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, you can see Plyler’s designs yourself at the DAM’s fifteenth Untitled event, La-La Land.

This installment of Untitled will feature the (un)usual distractions everyone knows and loves from the final-Friday event; FM Magazine is sponsoring the fashion show, which will feature an action game of chess played by the haute-couture pawns. Admission is $10 and includes hors d’oeuvres, access to the museum in general plus all the wacky Untitled events and entertainment. La-La Land takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

-- Amber Taufen

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