Stranded with an Artist
The Fashions of Katie O'Neil and Michelle Lieser-Booren

Katie O’Neil has created several gowns for the Paper Fashion Show—most while she was still in high school. In 2016, she won second place. Katie draws inspiration from nature, architecture, and art she’s encountered in her travels in Colorado and around the world. Lux Nova, the dress now on display at Denver Milk Market, was inspired by the stained glass windows at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Michelle Lieser-Booren is intrigued by the “tensions between the definitions of art and fashion, and where those definitions overlap.” She has participated in the Paper Fashion Show for many years, and each of her creations highlights the art-fashion tension with dramatic originality. Her “Guardian,” now on display at Denver Milk Market, was inspired by the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It won second place at PFS in 2017.
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