The CultureHaus gala returned to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) this past Saturday for its 21st season, this time to celebrate not only activism and philanthropy but unparalleled fashion as well. The gala — titled “Art of Dior” — included full access to the critically acclaimed exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World. Attendees turned up in their very best Dior-inspired ensembles, which included everything from designs by current Dior artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, couture by Marchesa, Gucci and Monique Lhuillier, thrifted Ted Baker and vintage Mr. Blackwell. Although the event lasted an evening, we will continue to feel inspired by the flair for style this city has, including some of our favorite looks below.
Dior exhibition curator, Florence Müller, stunned in head-to-toe red. All photography by Enrique Parrilla.
“I basically picked out this entire outfit to match this Dior visor,” said J Audrey Nelson.
“I just really dug into my closet for something casual and fun and I think a tutu is always the right reason to get dressed up,” said Mandy Jesser.
“I am wearing Norma Kamali. My grandmother got me into it. And then I have a Dior purse and two cuffs that were inspired by the Van Cleef cuffs Jackie O wore,” said Logan Lauterbach.
“I’m wearing Monique Lhuillier. I’ve seen the exhibit so I looked for the most Dior-looking dress I could find,” said Kelsey Noel.
“I’m actually wearing a dress that I found at Buffalo Exchange. It’s actually by a designer named Mr. Blackwell and I did some research on him. He is the one who created the ‘Ten Worst Dressed Women List,'” said Lindsay Smith Gustave.
“I actually worked as a textile installation artist on the exhibit upstairs. I moved to Denver a couple years ago to work with a Hungarian furier on South Broadway so I repurpose vintage fur and leather,” said Jensina Endresen, pictured here with friend, Dresden Brettin (seated).
“I ended up just going with a classic suit with little details to have fun with to make it come together,” said local designer, Dakota Stevens (right). “I’m moving to D.C. soon so I needed that power guy suit for it. I do wish I had gold eyeliner or a little bit more going on,” said Will Hall (left).
Katie Yarnell, Laura Berry and Anna Centron all consulted each other about what to wear for the event. Yarnell and Berry opted to wear local designer, Allison Nicole. “Allison really does suit the needs of a woman’s body regardless of shape or size. I knew I had to come to this gala just so I could wear Allison Nicole. She is so sweet and I’m blown away by her pieces,” said Yarnell.
Model and local artist, Emmanuel Olivaster, and friend channeled true Dior polish and style.
Joselle (left) and Janina (right) Lawrence decided to attend the gala to celebrate Janina’s birthday.
Denver-based artist, Scott Young attended with close friends Sarah Morley and Oksana Hassel.
Local designer, Shayna Ariel, created a special outfit for the evening.
Sarah Shun, Jesse Dobbs and J Audrey Nelson all attended the gala to celebrate the fashion community.
All photography by Enrique Parrilla.