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ArtWear Fashion Week Still Unique to the Region

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image for press release ArtWear Fashion Week Still Unique to the Region Since 1992 Gary Hixon and the Lincoln Center have been showcasing one-of-a-kind wearable art garments from the top designers around the country for the ArtWear Fashion Show. Twenty-one years later this eye-popping show is better than ever, with over 150 garments on the runway amidst dynamic lighting and a lively sound-scape, and over 300 unique designer-made garments available for purchase in the Sales Gallery. This year’s featured artists have a sustainable approach to fashion with upcycled coats and dresses that really stand out. (Images attached)

The Fashion Show is just the kick-off for a full week of high-end fashion events in Fort Collins – all of which add up to a fundraiser for the Lincoln Center Visual Arts programs. Over the years this unique event has raised money to fund the beautiful new art gallery in the Lincoln Center renovation. The event’s proceeds also support outreach programs for the community, Colorado State University, Poudre School District and other area schools. It also enables the Center to purchase needed gallery equipment and provide additional support for visual arts events.

The event comes around every other year, but ArtWear Fashion Week is packed with activities to make up for lost time. Here’s a line-up of events:

September 20, 6pm and 8pm: Two showtimes for the ArtWear Fashion Show in the Lincoln
Center Performance Hall. $50 and $65 tickets include the Fashion Show, a private wine reception, and early-bird shopping in the Sales Gallery before it opens to the public.

September 20 – November 2: “Say Yes to the Dress” Art Exhibition in the Lincoln Center Art Gallery, featuring the year-long dress project “The Dress that Makes the Woman” by Wylie Garcia and the elaborately costumed self-portrait paintings by Haley Hasler.

September 21, 11 a.m. – noon: Gallery Talk by featured artist Wylie Sofia Garcia in the Lincoln Center Founders Room. Garcia will present the story of her year-long fashion experience “The Dress that Makes the Woman” in which she designed and wore only 12 dresses - one each month - altering and embellishing with only other garments and materials from her closet and studio to make the dress fit her needs throughout the month.

September 22, 10am – 2pm: A hands-on workshop “The Upcycled World of Amber Studios” in the Lincoln Center Founders Room. Students will learn the unique techniques of fiber artist Barbara Assejew, owner of the Etsy Shop “Amber Studios” by making a felted and embellished scarf (materials provided), see the unique designs of Barbara’s collection, and see a presentation about Barbara’s experience with the New York Fashion world and how and why she made her shift to sustainable fashion through her successful Etsy shop.
$50 for the full workshop (includes a ticket to KnitWear Fiber Arts Market). Register by calling 416-2737.

September 22, 11am – 4pm: KnitWear Fiber Arts Market, a one-day event celebrating the Fiber Arts with fiber artists and shop vendors, free art demonstrations all day, community crafting tables, and prize give-aways. Look for this event in the Lincoln Center’s Columbine Room and Canyon West Ballroom. Admission is $5 at the door, $3 for students, and children under 10 are free.

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