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Fall can’t stop festival season

Items such as the fine woodworks of Kevin DesPlanques makes the Autumn Arts Festival more of an artisans’ showcase.

Fall can’t stop festival season

Items such as the fine woodworks of Kevin DesPlanques makes the Autumn Arts Festival more of an artisans’ showcase.
In Durango style, TOP is fashionably late

Last week, it was all about high fashion in New York City. This week, Durango will show its hand at couture with TOP, the third annual fashion design show.

Featuring both local and out-of-state designers, TOP is yet another fun and creative fundraising event for the Durango Arts Center.

Imagine someone gave you a plain white cotton T-shirt. What would you do with it? Turn it into a scarf? Weave a jacket? Spill ketchup on it? That is the question at hand for this year’s designers: How to create a work of wearable art from a “blank canvas.”

Given a choice of either a T-shirt or a blank piece of fabric, “(the designers) can do whatever – tear it apart, make yarn, make it something new,” said organizer Regina Hogan. “As long as the final entry ends up as a wearable piece.”

Patrons will see three-piece suits, skirts, jewelry and even a ski jacket flouncing down the runway on models you might just recognize or even know. The show’s organizers recruited local women of all ages to show off the original designs.

“We have an incredible lineup of professional artists,” Hogan said. “We’re (also) excited to have representation from more students.”

Directed by Fort Lewis College theater professor Jane Gould, TOP features student designers from Bayfield Elementary School, Durango High School and Fort Lewis College as well as professional designers from as far as New York.

Kelly Horrigan, whose designs have been seen on NBC’s “The Voice!,” in The New York Times and on Bravo TV, has created what Hogan calls a “sensational” piece. Also featured is the designer of last year’s highest-selling piece, Barbara Ballanger, who created a vest and reversible jacket with embroidery.

“Anybody who comes and buys these pieces is not going to see it in the store or anywhere else,” Hogan said. “It will not be duplicated anywhere.”

TOP will feature both a live and silent auction for the fundraiser. Half of the proceeds will go to the Arts Center to benefit annual costs of operation and maintenance while the designers will keep half.

TOP initially was conceptualized by New Face Productions, a fundraising group dedicated to benefitting the Arts Center. The last two productions of the fashion show have helped fund the recent blown-glass exhibit “HOT!” as well as “Textiles Today” and other events at the Arts Center.

“We thought (the DAC) was a valuable element in the community, and we wanted to preserve it,” Hogan said. “Anyone who supports TOP, the money will go back into the community.”

Margaret Hedderman is a freelance writer based in Durango. Reach her at margaretyh@gmail.com.

If you go

Durango Autumn Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, East Second Ave. A silent auction featuring donated items from local businesses will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

TOP fashion show and auction, 5:30 p.m. today, $50, Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

For tickets and information for all events, call 259-2606 or visit www.durangoarts.org.

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