Denver Paper Fashion Show, the Magic of Paper, the Green Angel

Updated on December 21, 2016

The Magic of Paper

2016 Third Place Winner
2016 Third Place Winner | Source

Denver Paper Fashion Show

The Denver Paper Fashion Show could just as easily be called the Denver Paper Magic show because of the amazing transformations that happen with paper, scissors, and some real ingenuity from designers both young and old and from people from all around and from within the art scenes. Contributing paper sponsors also love the possibilities that expose them to the design processes and inventive thinking that is spurned through these creations.

The ADCD Paper Fashion Show has been going on for the past thirteen years and has seen hundreds and hundreds of outstanding designs and over one thousand designers. On top of that, perhaps the biggest part of the magic is the money that has been raised for the development of artist and at risk youth within the local communities. To date, over $40,000 has been raised.

The 2017 ADCD (Art Directors Club of Denver) Fashion Show will benefit the ADCD scholarship fund and the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Organization which provides community based arts and education programs for youth ages 3 to 17.

The 13th anuall show is held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 At The Denver Center for Performing Arts in Denver Colorado.

13th Annual Denver Paper Fashion Show
13th Annual Denver Paper Fashion Show | Source

Behind the Scenes with The Green Angel

There's a lot that happens behind the scenes leading up to the big moment when a design gets no more than ten minutes of "runway" time. In fact, based on my last show, the hours of prepartation took over 250 hours of design, planning, construction, painting, and rehearsals. And that, was just my time. Now, multiply that by the number of dedicated team members, which in my case was six. That comes to nearly 1500 hours of combined time. Quite a lot for that 10 minutes of presentation. Of course, that effort did lead to a third place win out of fifty contestants.

So, why do it? It wasn't for the money, we didn't make any. What it was, was for the pure joy of watching a thought, an idea, go from paper to the spotlight. It also led to a great portfolio addition and great busisness contacts. On top of that, the friendships that are developed through the process, last a life time. And that, you can't put a price tag on.

The best part of the whole show, was the show that happens behind the scenes. And now, I am embarking on it once again with a creation called, "The Green Angel".

2016 Denver Paper Fashion Show News Report

This video is a television report on the 12th Annual 2016 Paper Fashion Show and shows both the runway and the behind the scenes with contestants getting prepared. And yes, you will also see our 3rd place entry and some of our designers. With this years entry, The Green Angel, we hope to be making some videos of our own.

A Paper Ball Room Design
A Paper Ball Room Design | Source

Team Green

The upcoming 13th Anual ADCD Paper Fashion Show's design is being put together by a design team made up of both members from last year's team along with some new ones. The vetran team members will be able to bring the new members up to speed pretty quickly and will have a lot to share of what worked, and what didn't work. We are calling this year's team, Team Green, based of course on our project, "The Green Angel".

The only requirement to be a team member/designer is a deep seated passion and the willingness to commit to a regularly scheduled time to get together and discuss the possiblilities, develope approaches, and be willing to get your hands dirty...or at least get a couple of paper cuts or two. The whole process is quite addictive as you watch your collective thoughts,designs, and ideas come to fruition.

So far, this years team consist of a laser artist, a fabric artist, a electornic clothing artist, a promoter and connector artist, an engineer, a welder/artist, and a painter. And, we are looking for more!

Rear view of our paper dragon design with 15 foot tail and featherd wings
Rear view of our paper dragon design with 15 foot tail and featherd wings | Source

Team Green Online Design Studio

Starting out, at least during the conceptual phase of "The Green Angel", and , at least for now, the current member/ designers all live in different places(York, PA - Denver, CO -Boulder, CO-Loveland CO, Ft Collins, CO, and Las Vegas, NV), it is necessary to communicate via email, Facebook, Facetime, and via a Website where our collective thoughts build. If you like,you can visit our website to watch what is happening at It is updated with each new change so if you revisit, make sure you refresh the page. From there you are more than welcome to leave us a message, ask questions, or share your design ideas. We would love to hear from you.

What you see on our website and design studio here may change over the course of twenty one weeks and more content will be added to keep a record of the whole process. After the show, fashion show pics will be added and the results.

You will also find that the designers list will increase along with the consultants. Everybody helping with the project will be acknowledged.

Base Layer, Green Angel

Step One, base layer of the Green Angel
Step One, base layer of the Green Angel | Source

The Green Angel Concept

The concept of the Green Angel grew from the desire to promote the hemp paper and related industry--not the marijuana industry. The belief is that because the hemp plant is such a sustainable natural plant that greater attention should be given to it. And thus, The Green Angel was born. She, in true Paper Fashion Form is just a beautiful creation, but a statement in living form to communicate a positive message. To understand more, read the article, Hemp VS Trees. This article further demonstrates how hemp can make a positive difference in the world and how we can not only save money, but protect our environment.

Entering Your Design

So, you want to enter your own paper fashion? It's really pretty simple...

  1. Choose a design
  2. Register on the ADCD website
  3. Pay your entrance fee, or find a sponser to pay it for you
  4. Get approved
  5. Build, build, build
  6. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse
  7. Showtime
  8. Collapse
  9. Get excited about next year!

Okay, well, there's a little more to do than that...

There's the matter of picking paper swatches, creating prototypes, making repairs, finding a model that can walk the runway, hair and makeup, and inevitably, making lots of repairs (as your probably well aware, paper tears easily)

The Cost

Entering the Denver Paper Fashion Show certainly won't make you rich. In fact, the truth of the matter, is that it probably will end up costing you money. So, if your goal is to make money, it wont...not directly. What it will do, however, even if you don't come in first, second, or third, is give you a great reference for your personal portfolio and is a great investment when it comes to networking with other great artist and business people.

Community Workspaces like Loveland Creator Space in Loveland Colorado are popping up everyware.  Support them!
Community Workspaces like Loveland Creator Space in Loveland Colorado are popping up everyware. Support them! | Source

The Tools

Luckily, a simple set of tools will get you started. Like last years design and the upcoming Green Angel design, we are blessed to be utilizing the resources available through a large community based non profit workshop with all the possible tools, equipment, and space we need. We used the Loveland Creator Space. More communities should have these spaces and more are. Be sure to check out or encourage your own local community work shop spaces.

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