(Pre)Fashion Functions: Win Tickets to RISING STAR 2013 Design Competition


Who will be named the next RISING STAR by Fashion Group International Denver? Join 303 Magazine, a media sponsor for the biennial blowout fashion competition, Sept. 6 in order to find out. Visit our Facebook page today in order to enter for a chance to win TWO free tickets to the upcoming gala.

If you have heard the buzz surrounding the RISING STAR Colorado design competition, you are probably already on the edge of your seat (most fashionable settee that is) to see who of the 14 designer hopefuls will be named the RISING STAR 2013.

Here is a refresher on all of the details for the upcoming stellar event. Purchase your tickets today!


The Denver chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) is hosting its seventh RISING STAR cutting-edge design competition, the organization’s signature event.

The biennial fashion event celebrates local design talent across the board encompassing the realms of ready-to-wear, fragrance, retail storefronts and interior design, among others. The purpose of the red carpet gala event is to discover “the next big thing” in Colorado design.




2011's RISING STAR Design Competition Photo Courtesy of FGI
FLASHBACK – 2011’s RISING STAR Design Competition
Photo Courtesy of FGI

Not only is FGI Denver a non-profit itself, they have collaborated with Dress for Success Denver for RISING STAR. Proceeds will benefit FGI Denver’s fashion and design student scholarships and educational outreach. All silent auction proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Denver.


Enter to be a lucky winner of TWO gratis tickets on 303 Magazine’s Facebook page. Not a winner? Not to worry, you can still purchase your tickets here:

  • SEATED – $150
  • STUDENT – $30

FGI Denver (currently in its 55th year) is a national, non-profit fashion networking organization which endeavors to link professionals in the fashion and lifestyle industries. The organization also has a philanthropic presence in the Denver area through community involvement and educational outreach.

FGI has selected 14 RISING STAR design/entrepreneurial finalists based upon four criteria:

  • Business planning
  • Marketing
  • Potential for growth
  • Being a young, Colorado-based business

Click here for a complete list of RISING STAR finalists.

Be sure to watch the runway show, put on by famed fashion show designer Cynthia Petrus (former special events manager for Saks Fifth Avenue) and hosted by the quirky Denver-renowned duo Denise Plante and Kirk Montgomery, courtesy of 9NEWS.

STARS - Many of the RISING STAR 2013 finalists Photo courtesy of FGI
STARS – A few of the RISING STAR 2013 finalists
Photo courtesy of FGI

McNichols Civic Center Building

144 West Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80202

RISING STAR 2013 Kick-off Party at ViewHouse in June Photo By Caitlin Savage
RISING STAR 2013 Kick-off Party at ViewHouse in June
Photo By Caitlin Savage

See the McNichols Civic Center Building like you have never seen it before – bedecked in red, including a red carpet, of course. Located at the corner of Civic Center Park at West Colfax and Bannock, the building has been a city staple since 1909. The Greek Revival-style building was reopened last year to be used as an arts and culture space.


The RISING STAR 2013 will be named the evening of Sept. 6. The event will run from 6 p.m. until midnight. Here is the breakdown of the chic soiree schedule:

  • 6 p.m.Cocktails & Dress for Success Silent Auction
  • 7 p.m.Gourmet Street Faire
  • 8:30 p.m.Fashion Show
  • 10 p.m.Dessert & Dancing

“Dress to kill!” FGI’s invite reads. This is a fashion show so please do come looking your best! Show off your ensemble at the 303 Magazine step-and-repeat, but do not forget your dancing shoes! After the competition is over (and signature cocktails and gourmet bites), everyone will be kicking it on the dance floor.




  1. I went last night to the event; as a CSU student it felt awesome to be a part of such a unique event! It was my first runway show and and I had a blast! I think the best part was being able to see my professor host and give out awards to former students! As a freshman I'm very excited to start my major in the Fashion Merchandising Industry! Thanks for putting on this event!

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