Dressing for Success at This Year’s Barristers Benefit Ball ~ By Jessica A. Volz and Sara C. Sharp

Fabric design with flowers, circles and dots. Attributed to Paul Poiret (French, Paris 1879–1944 Paris); ca. 1918–25. Metropolitan Museum of Art (1984.1176.1).

Fabric design with flowers, circles and dots. Attributed to Paul Poiret (French, Paris 1879–1944 Paris); ca. 1918–25. Metropolitan Museum of Art (1984.1176.1).

Spring’s arrival hastens the approach of the most glittering social event of the year for the Denver legal community: the Barristers Benefit Ball. Last year’s “superheroes” theme was a hit, as was the new venue, EXDO Event Center in RiNo.

Tasteful costumes and fancy dress are once again encouraged at this year’s “Around the World” event, so if you’re looking to celebrate your roots, this is your chance. Otherwise, seize the opportunity to cast yourself in the role of ambassador to the United Nations or (insert the name of the country that you would most like to visit) and look the part. You can also dress for success by wearing international designers, exotic prints or fabrics, or dressing as a tourist. The more imaginative among us may wish to dress as classy fictional characters from long ago and/or far away. Don’t forget that even a Chanel-inspired little black dress with a strand of pearls is a paragon of east meets west. Multiculturalism has, after all, inspired haute couture for centuries, so why not create your own rendition? Accessories, too, serve as powerful fashion statements, as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s collection of brooches can attest. As usual, the more creative your costume is, the more fun you’ll have.

We look forward to seeing you at the ball!

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