photo by Nick Fancher Photography; fashion from Anti.Label by Kelli Martin

photo by Nick Fancher Photography; fashion from Anti.Label by Kelli Martin

The Alternative Fashion Mob is changing the fashion game in Columbus with Alternative Fashion Week, April 19-26. The lineup of interactive programming is geared to make the traditionally exclusive fashion industry accessible and appealing to a wide range of people.

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photo by Vinh Vu Photography; fashion from Label Yourself by Crys Darling

he week includes a range of fashion-themed events and collaborations. Led by Kelli Martin, who is a Project Runway Season 5 veteran, local fashion designer and the owner of Anti.Label clothing line, the events are affordable, focus on a large range of styles, are participatory, and are a lot of fun. Collaboration is a theme, with fashion industry folks working alongside people from other walks of life to produce many of the events.

photo by Amee BellWanzo; fashion from Katelyn McClain (runway-side seats perspective)

photo by Amee BellWanzo; fashion from Katelyn McClain (runway-side seats perspective)

The crowning event of Alternative Fashion Week will be on Saturday, April 26 in the creative hub of Franklinton, and features all-original, full collections by 10 unique local designers and mini-collections by 10 more designers.

The week’s events: ● Saturday, April 19: Alternative Fashion Week Kickoff on the runway at DRAUMA, featuring “teaser” looks from the Grand Finale Runway Show designers. ● Monday, April 21: Monday’s a Drag at Camelot Cellars, allowing viewers to get a closer look at the fashion behind the performance art of drag and enjoy a wine pairing with each queen. ● Tuesday, April 22: I Screen You Screen techniques workshop at Rehab Tavern, demonstrating the fashionable art of screen printing. ● Thursday, April 24: Reconstruct Your Luck at Seventh Son Brewing Co., featuring an eco-chic reconstruction workshop by Crys Darling of Label Yourself and a public garment making challenge. ● Friday, April 25: Face Melting for Fashion at King Avenue 5, bringing together popular local bands (Teen Fiction, Mama, Betty Machete & the Angry Cougars, and Trachete), fashion stylists, hair and makeup artists, and photographers for a creative photo shoot collaboration and a “face-melting” rock concert. ● Saturday, April 26: Grand Finale Runway Show, in The Gallery at Strongwater, showing fashion from 20 unique Columbus designers and featuring a DJ, bars, and a photo booth from We Are Glitterati. The finale show promises to be one Columbus’ most diverse fashion event of the year.

Visit www.AlternativeFashionMob.org for tickets and information about Alternative Fashion Week events.