Renowned fashion illustrator Jim Howard, who will have his own exhibition at Denver Art Museum March 25-July 22, and Elizabeth Hamilton.
In 1958, Gretchen Weber, fashion editor and illustrator at The Denver Post, founded the Denver Chapter of Fashion Group International. She recruited Florine Cates, Evelyn Peterson, Roberta Rineman, Jane Smith and Julia Tobias as charter members. It is believed the group met at the famed Baur’s in Downtown Denver to discuss their like mindedness and to launch the new organization. Doray Saddler joined that same year and the annual FGI Denver educational scholarship to CSU students was named in her honor.
The Denver chapter is an award-winning affiliate, encouraging student membership in the various fashion and merchandising programs at various colleges in Colorado, while fostering community outreach, philanthropy, workshops, competitions and awareness of the multi-billion-dollar industry.
Art Institute of Colorado students Austin Wilson, design management (who designed the FGI 60th logo), Amanda Portner, design program, and Clara Thompson and Tsering Sherpa, both in the marketing and management program.
In honor of its milestone 60th year, FGI Denver is featuring a comprehensive retrospective at Art Institute of Colorado’s Gallery at 1200 Lincoln Street in Denver. Included in the rich history are scrapbooks, news clippings and coverage dating back to the early days, photographs, chronological lists of regional directors, and garments and fabrics that have been carefully preserved and curated by a diligent committee of members.
Fashion Group International was founded in 1930 in New York City at a luncheon of 17 women in the fashion industry led by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edna Woolman Chase. Those involved included prominent names like Elizabeth Arden, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helena Rubenstein and Edith Head.
FGI prides itself on being the preeminent authority in all things fashion. The industry nonprofit includes more than 5,000 worldwide members, an association of executives promoting advancement of professionalism and careers in apparel, accessories, beauty and the home. Artists and journalists are also welcome.
Scottie Taylor Iverson was regional director of FGI Denver in 2010. Under her leadership, the affiliate won a membership award and the prestigious international Special Event Award for Rising Star in 2009.
The fabric swatch wall, from the collection of the late Julia Tobias, was sewn and exhibited by FGI Denver member Vicky Nolan.
The 60-year launch planning committee: Kat Dudden and Gabriel Medina (co-regional directors of FGI Denver), Nathalia Faribault, Holly Nitsche, Dianne D’Lea Denholm and Cynthia Petrus
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