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Fashion in Focus Program Launch Party

​Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Lakewood, CO,

August 23, 2014

Fashion Show Coordinator: Dr. Darlene C. Ritz, Chair, Fashion

Photography Coordinator: Randy Brown, Chair, Commercial Photography 

Hair: Falene Wells (Paul Mitchell School)

​Make-up: OP (Osvaldo Perez)

​Runway Photos: Jeremy Mickelsen

KISMET: I met Dr. Darlene C. Ritz, the Chair of the RMCAD Fashion Design program, right at the beginning of the kick-off for the brand new program.  I happened to be modeling for a photography class and was working outside with the student when Darlene walked by, a vision in black & purple, one of my favorite combos (so Deco!), and I casually told the student he should photograph her for a "fashions shot" and that's how we met.  When I learned who she was, I mentioned that I had not found any recycled materials fashion shows since relocating to Colorado.  It just so happened, there was to be a kick-off fashion show, and she invited me to participate, representing the use of "repurposed materials."

With some guidance and encouragement from Darlene, I put together my first full collection, made from the ample supply of pillowcases and the fitted sheet of a terrible sheet set purchased by my ex.  Unlike my first foray into spray-painting over stencils with actual spray paint and watered-down latex paint (see the prototype for the "Christina" as worn by Christina in the Gallexia mini-collection) I used actual fabric paint to create my night-sky effect.

Kismet is all about meeting the right person at the right time.  I will forever remain grateful for that opportunity (and push!) and for all of the other opportunities that have come from meeting Dr. Darlene C. Ritz.