Last night the fourth annual March of the Zombies fashion show rocked the stage at the Gothic Theatre. Local fashion designers, artists, and bands joined together to raise money for MOTZ organizer Summer Jackson’s new local arts initiative, Creative to Bless, supporting Denver artists and designers. Where beauty met braaaaains, it was one helluva party.
The night began with the music of local Colorado bands Lost Point and Flash Mob, who tore up the stage and got the crowd rioting for more. Local artists displayed their wares, including Colorado zombie author Brian Kaufman, author of Dead Beyond the Fence; Jewelry artists Junky Funk Designs and Camille Falk Designs; Comic Book Classroom, with this year’s Denver Comic-Con; Ted of Working Class Ink; Live art performers Anthony of Scantiliclad Apparel, Carmine of BLK MTL/A.D.D., and Joe Punicki of Stellar Growl.
The models strutted designs by many of Denver’s best and brightest fashionistas. Seven Seals Apparel, Broken Perception, Kimono Dragons, Julio Alejandro Designs, and of course Summer Jackson and C2B were all represented by the sexy, brain-thirsty models. The zombies wore striking jewelry by local artists Junky Funk Designs and Camille Falk Designs.
Special effects zombie makeup artists Aaron Spriggs and Alan Anderson of Colorado Skin Works decomposed the gorgeous models into gruesome approximations of undeath. The juxtaposition of fashion and gore is what has always made March of the Zombies a unique show, and this year was no exception. Every model had bleeding wounds and bite marks on their faces. On top of that, some of the models were wearing little more than body paint to go along with their gore.
Accompanying the models was DJ M.F. KAAOS, spinning beats to keep the crowd and the zombie models dancing. After the runway show, A Vast Eclipse took the stage for more musical mayhem. And headlining the show was King Rat, one of the biggest and best punk rock bands in Denver.
With a huge crowd in attendance, MOTZ4 was undeniably a success. The spectators got into the spirit of the event by dressing up as zombies fit to rival the models. The annual show is an example of how zombie pop culture has exploded in the Mile High City, but more importantly, March of the Zombies is always about community. It’s about supporting local art and artists, fostering creativity in our own back yards, and celebrating the work of our friends and neighbors.
And nothing says support for local arts like a horde of fashionably undead zombies.