100 Colorado Creatives: Tricia Hoke

Labels for Tricia Hoke's personal clothing line, designed by Josh Wills.
#7: Tricia Hoke

Tricia Hoke is first and foremost an artist, but hers is an artistry that translates into the folds and drapes of her ingenious clothing designs, which morph into different style configurations with the slightest inside-out turn or flip of fluid fabric. As a dance costumer, she's unparalleled, and the 2011 Westword MasterMind in fashion is also a seasoned businesswoman who now shares her expertise with clients and fellow designers via her company, Pie Apparel. A key organizer with Lisa Ramfjord Elstun in the formation of a Denver Fashion Design Center, where she hopes to move her studio, Hoke has found her niche in the local scene, while remaining one of that scene's greatest backers.

How does she do it? Let Tricia Hoke's 100CC questionnaire shed some light.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Jose Mercado

Ken Trujillo.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Marcel Duchamp. The Dada "ready mades" have always been very inspiring  to me. Since I was young, I respected the fact that "art" and "process" could be challenged. You cannot say it's not art...it totally is art. It just also happens to be a urinal, too (bike tire, etc.).

I also really like Masion Martin Margiella and would love to work in Paris with his team -- ripping up paintings and dressing people in hoods and squares. I should have been born in Antwerp.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

A friend just introduced me to the Das Triadische ballet. Amazing. Otherwise, I have been spending a majority of my time with independent designers and learning to navigate the domestic industry that is rebuilding.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Hmm...asshole-ishness and elitism. But that's every year.

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