With a career that spans nearly three decades, Denver fashion designer Anne Fanganello knows her way around a woman’s form. She made a name for herself early on, working in New York City for designers like Nanette Lepore, Mary Jane Marcasiano and Elizabeth Wayman after she graduated college. “I started out interning for free and living on a friend’s couch,” said Fanganello. “I had a dream and knew what I had to do to achieve it.”        303 Magazine, 303 Style, 303 Fashion, AnnaFesta, Women's FashionFanganello remained in New York City until 2007, when she moved back to Denver after fighting a winning battle with breast cancer. It was here that she created AnnaFesta, a clothing line dedicated to celebrating women’s curves. “AnnaFesta was really created out of necessity,” explained Fanganello. “I gained 90 pounds through my cancer treatment, and I wanted to shop for new clothes at Neiman Marcus or Saks, but they didn’t have my size. All I could find were limited, poor quality options and atrocious fits.”

303 Magazine, 303 Fashion, 303 Style, Women's Fashion, Denver Fashion, Denver Style, AnnaFestaNow, Fanganello has a ready-to-wear line in sizes that range from two to 28. She has also presented at Denver Fashion Weekend. She attributes her success to the fact that she meticulously designs each garment, thoughtfully chooses fabrics and executes details with the utmost precision. “As I moved through the positions I held in New York, I realized I am very much a mathematical designer,” Fanganello explained. “There is a science to proportions and fit of a garment, and that is very math-based.” Each AnnaFesta design is made in a small quantity and sold through her site or at local boutiques like Scout & Molly’s in Cherry Creek. Although Fanganello doesn’t take custom orders, she does encourage customers to visit her work space for alterations or slight style adjustments to pieces she has already made. “Because my clothes fit the body so perfectly, I don’t have to alter them to fit women’s curves. The garments are made with women’s curves in mind.”

“I work my way around a woman’s body with math and architecture versus drawings and pretty sketches. I’m not an artist on paper, I’m an artist with fabric.”

As for her thoughts on pop culture’s celebration of the female form, Fanganello couldn’t be happier that we are all about that bass. “I love the curvy revolution that is happening right now. All women rule. It doesn’t matter what size they are.” At her core, Fanganello deeply cares about making her customers feel better about who they are. Every fine detail she adds to each design is another form of encouragement, inviting women to celebrate every bend and curve they have. “I’m here to help. I work with women on their body issues, so they will be happy with who they are. There is so much beauty in each woman, and we should celebrate that.”

 

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Jennifer Tom is an Indiana native and brand new to Denver. When not writing, painting or exploring the city's fashion scene, she can be found overindulging in baked goods and listening to public radio.

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