Fashion Illustration student collections debut at Denver Arts Week

Student work, inspired by Denver fashion, architecture and trends, is being showcased at the Colorado State University Denver Center in downtown Denver as part of the annual Denver Arts Week, an eight-day celebration of all things art in the Mile High City, Nov. 3-11.

Kevin Kissell, an instructor in CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising, developed the idea for the Fashion Illustration course midterm project, “FASHION 5280. A finely curated designer collection for the urban influencer.” Kissell charged students with creating a designer-level collection of illustrations inspired by the heart and soul of Denver’s urban art and design scene.

Students each gained inspiration for their designs from downtown Denver architecture, neighborhoods, pop culture, artists, urban venues, musicians, museum collections and other observations of the downtown culture.

Many students visited Denver in preparation, taking photos, walking neighborhoods and people watching.

“The students are really excited and nervous!” Kissell said. “It’s really fun to see them so enthusiastic about the project.”

The Department of Design and Merchandising is in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

Student artwork will remain on display throughout Denver Arts Week, and is available for viewing Nov. 6-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St., Suite 100, Denver. Join the CSU Fashion Illustration Student Exhibition Closing Happy Hour, 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Registration encouraged: