On Thursday, August 17th,  the Detroit Institute of Arts celebrated its seven annual Fash Bash event. A yearly runway show hosted by the DIA’s Founders Junior Counsel. The FJC is one of many auxiliary groups members can join in addition with a membership to the museum. With groups ranging from African & African American Art, Asian Arts & Cultures, and Modern & Contemporary Art; the Founders Junior Council is the only group dedicated to introducing young adults to the museum through various fundraisers and social gatherings.

Kresge Court transformed into the AfterGlow Lounge


Fash Bash brings the marriage of art and fashion to the forefront, allowing for the stylishly chic  and fashionable elite of Detroit to hobnob for a one night only fundraiser event. In collaboration with Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus creative director Ken Downing, and Lincoln Black Label this year’s Art of Fashion Runway theme was Glam Rock.  An ode to all the androgynous looks mixed with modern flair, think David Bowie, Prince, Boy George, and Madonna inspired styles strutting down the runway.

The massive appeal surrounding the show left many without tickets, including myself. However, through a mini connection I was able to moonlight as a volunteer for the evening. Allowing for me to see the museum’s after dark transformation. The DIA undergoes a few gallery changes for this coveted bash, beginning with cocktails at 7pm. The runway show, at 8:30pm, starts in Rivera Court and leads into The Great Hall. Lasting a little over a half hour, once the final walk is complete the Afterglow begins at 9pm.

Unfortunately, being a volunteer meant I couldn’t get a seat at that show. I was able to snap a few photos hiding out in a nearby gallery ; now I know how the paparazzi feel. I caught side shots of the models strutting down the runway, but nothing head on. Thankfully, the final walk allowed for me to get video of every look that was shown. Ah well, I still had an amazing time and there’s always next year.


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