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Furs and Fashion Design a Huge Hit in Aspen, Colorado

by Marianne Salina
marianne.salina@fashioncareercenter.com
Fashion Career Center Columnist

One of the best things about carving out your name in the fashion design industry is that once you have a loyal following of consumers, as does furrier Dennis Basso, you also have the luxury of supporting the causes you love the most. Take the annual Freestyle Fashion Show held at the end of December in Aspen, Colorado, for example. This year's auction and fashion event not only showcased the glamorous furs of New York-based designer Dennis Basso, but in the end, it also benefited Colorado's Aspen Art Museum--contributing more than 25% of the institution's operating budget.

Contemporary Arts and Fashion Design Find Home in Aspen
In addition to being a major ski hub and tourist destination, it's no secret that Aspen, Colorado is home to many artists, galleries, and contemporary arts consumers. With this in mind, the production of the Freestyle Fashion Show is an opportunity for the Aspen arts community to join forces with the big names in fashion design for a festive evening of champagne and caviar with glamorous guests supporting a great cause.

David Basso: A Fabulous Fur Designer
David Basso is perhaps the biggest name in fur design. He not only owns successful boutiques in the cities of New York, Aspen, and Atlantic City, but Basso is also the proclaimed fur designer of the stars, dressing names like Ivana Trump, Hillary Clinton, and models galore.

Basso is known for his distinctive furs-designing fox, chinchilla, and mink with cuts that stand out among more standard styles. He is also one of the biggest benefactors of fashion-sponsored charities, hosting shows and sitting on committees that support his favorite humanitarian organizations.

Get Connected in Fashion Design School
Getting to a point in your fashion design career where you have the flexibility and funding to host fashion shows and support important causes takes time and successful networking. One of the best ways to get your name circulated among the arts communities is by networking in fashion design school, where the relationships you build will help you grow personally and professionally in the fashion design business.

Sources:
Plum Aspen
New York Magazine

About the Author
Marianne Salina has a Bachelor of Arts. in Literature and Creative Writing and enjoys researching and discussing the myriad of fashion design pursuits in her columns.