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Unlike any fashion show ever seen before: Models, artists, dancers and vinyl mix for DiverseWorks

Unlike any fashion show ever seen before: Models, artists, dancers mix

24 model at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
A dancer in the rafters at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Liz Gorman, from left, Alton LaDay and Tiffany Halik at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Chairs Liz Gorman, left, Alton LaDay and Tiffany Halik at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
31 Lydia Hance, from left, Ashley Horn and Brit Wallis at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Lydia Hance, from left, Ashley Horn and Brit Wallis at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
27 GONZO 247, left, and Paul Pettie at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
GONZO 247, left, and Paul Pettie at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Ceron, from left, Tatianna Massey and Tarek El-bjeirmi at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Cerón, from left, Tatianna Massey and Tarek El-bjeirmi at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Stephanie Perkins, from left, Natalie Reitman and Diane Caplan at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Stephanie Perkins, from left, Natalie Reitman and Diane Caplan at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
23 model at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
A model on the runway at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Barbara Davis, left, and Laurie McCray at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Barbara Davis, left, and Laurie McCray at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
15 Adrian White-Kreps and Brian Kreps at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Adrian White-Kreps and Brian Kreps at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
20 model at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
A model on the runway at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Marcus Sloane, from left, Evelyn Gorman and Shannon Hall at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Marcus Sloane, from left, Evelyn Gorman and Shannon Hall at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
7 Jonathon Glus and Toni Whitaker at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Jonathon Glus and Toni Whitaker at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9 Lester Marks, Dr. Penelope Marks at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Marks at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
6 Erika Bagwell, left, and Alicia Smith at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Erika Bagwell, left, and Alicia Smith at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
1 Aaron Parazette and Joy Parazette at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Aaron Parazette and Joy Parazette at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
5 Edward Sanchez at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Edward Sanchez at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
4 D.J. Dave Wrangler at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
D.J. Dave Wrangler at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
2 Ally Shell, left, and Michelle Reyna de Taussig at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Ally Shell, left, and Michelle Reyna de Taussig at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
32 Susan Miller, from left, Leslie Wall Hassen, Mahzad Mohajer and Melanie Campbell at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete October 2013
Susan Miller, from left, Leslie Wall Hassen, Mahzad Mohajer and Melanie Campbell at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 dancers and crowd at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
Dancers entertain the crowd at DiverseWorks' Fashion Fete. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
24 model at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
11 Liz Gorman, from left, Alton LaDay and Tiffany Halik at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
31 Lydia Hance, from left, Ashley Horn and Brit Wallis at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
27 GONZO 247, left, and Paul Pettie at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
17 Ceron, from left, Tatianna Massey and Tarek El-bjeirmi at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
14 Stephanie Perkins, from left, Natalie Reitman and Diane Caplan at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
23 model at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
16 Barbara Davis, left, and Laurie McCray at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
15 Adrian White-Kreps and Brian Kreps at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
20 model at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
12 Marcus Sloane, from left, Evelyn Gorman and Shannon Hall at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
7 Jonathon Glus and Toni Whitaker at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
9 Lester Marks, Dr. Penelope Marks at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
6 Erika Bagwell, left, and Alicia Smith at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
1 Aaron Parazette and Joy Parazette at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
5 Edward Sanchez at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
4 D.J. Dave Wrangler at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
2 Ally Shell, left, and Michelle Reyna de Taussig at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete
32 Susan Miller, from left, Leslie Wall Hassen, Mahzad Mohajer and Melanie Campbell at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete October 2013
3 dancers and crowd at Diverseworks' Fashion Fete

When DiverseWorks Artspace executive director Elizabeth Dunbar promised the eclectic crowd "a spectacular unlike any other fashion show you've seen before," she was not exaggerating. For when artists such as Rachel Hecker, Aaron Parazette and Sharon Engelstein joined forces with boutiques including Sloan/Hall, Dryden Kreps and Laboratoria for "Fashion Fete: Art of the Runway," it was definitely not your Oscar de la Renta fashion presentation.

Dunbar credited chairs of this exuberant fundraiser Liz Gorman, Tiffany Halik and Alton LaDay with a "Herculean effort" in bringing it all together at DiverseWorks headquarters in Midtown. It was their idea after all to transform the annual event into a fashion-forward style show featuring name designer looks with wearable accessories created by local artists. The concept was inspired by London-based artist Graham Hudson’s “hats” created for Comme des Garcons.

For this night, Hudson, a close friend of Dunbar, created a rambling, elevated runway of plywood supported by a network of pipes and positioned the bandstand at an even higher elevation. While models intermixed with dancers, choreographed by Lydia Hance, The Manichean band rocked the art space with its contemporary sound. Later in the evening, DJ Dave Wrangler would spin the vinyls.

Participating artists included Elaine Bradford, Jillian Conrad, GONZO247, Will Henry, Selven O'Keefe Jarmon, Rahul Mitra and Robert A. Pruitt.

Mixing it up on this lively night were Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks and Lester Marks, Judy Nyquist, Tatianna Massey, Lucinda Loya, Ceron, Barbara Davis, Evelyn Gorman, Edward Sanchez, Jonathon Glus, Kellye Sanford and Fritz Lanham, Vivian Wise, Stephanie Perkins, Toni Whitaker, Diane Caplan and Paul Pettie.