Most of us probably don’t think of paper as a medium for upscale fashion, but it will be the unexpected fabric of elaborate and elegant fashion designs at Denver’s Ninth annual Paper Fashion Show. The fundraiser and fashion event, put on by nonprofit Art Director’s Club of Denver (ADCD) features the paper constructions of 49 design teams. All of the creations are made from at least 90 percent paper and are composed from scratch by career artists, creative agencies, college students, and children.

“The show is a great way to take something that we normally use on a daily basis and do something different with it and express our creative outlet that way, ” says ADCD vice president and show co-coordinator Katie Matteo. Some of the younger designers are children from the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, an after school arts program for kids who will benefit from monies raised at the show.

Get Involved: Attend the Paper Fashion Show on March 8 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here. Get there at 6 p.m. to enjoy a cocktail hour; the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Bonus: Watch one of the artists at work.

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—Image courtesy of Rachael Roark and the Art Directors Club of Denver

Jerilyn Forsythe
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