Beauty Is Not A Need, But An Ecstasy

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Photo of The Artist Emily W. Fletcher.

Photo of The Artist Emily W. Fletcher.

Written By: Nicoli Alexander

In a world filled with war, politics, greed, and ego — There has never been a more important time to be an immersive and passionate creative being.

When you look around in the Denver Art Scene, you are never hard pressed to find incredibly passionate artists. A few months ago, we were introduced to the local artist Emily Fletcher, and we sat down this week to discuss her passion project - Stars Over Dubai: An Immersive Fashion Show.

Emily is local to Colorado, but only been living in Denver for the past 4 years. Working with her hands to build and create has always been a big part of her life. Creating was always encouraged by her mother who in her youth was enrolled in fashion school. Growing up around textiles and crafts, spinning yard and needle work. While this was never a profession for Emily, it has always been something she is passionate about. That creativity has always been a driving force, but now it has culminated for Emily in her own fashion show!

This Friday evening Emily has an immersive fashion show called Stars Over Dubai taking place at Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood.

Stars Over Dubai was born in October 2018 when she took a whirlwind trip to Dubai to meet the incredible fashion designer, poet, activist, and soul-full Yousuf B. Qureshi. Emily produced a series of hat designs and poetry during the trek. They were truly creations of love, the desert breeze, new cultures, and blossoming friendships. And, of course, the night sky experienced from across the globe. And maybe a camel or two.

In our brief conversation discussing the upcoming show, you can tell that this experience left her feeling inspired to create and to put more of herself out into the world. We discussed the collection of hats that she has created, and what caused her to want to create them. As she looked back on her trip to Dubai she was inspired to leave us with a very impactful quote from the painter and poet Khalil Gibran.


We will be joining her this Friday at her immersive hat-centric fashion show, Stars Over Dubai. This show is designed to captivate all your senses. Come delight in an experience of beauty created in the stars.

Stars Over Dubai: An Immersive Fashion Show
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Friday, April 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Denverite Emily Fletcher brings the warm winds to Colorado by channeling her travel experience on a desert safari during a visit to Dubai in search of fashion designer, activist and poet Yousuf B. Qureshi. Fletcher focuses on Arabic headwear touched by the sun and stars in a desert reverie.

Nicoli Alexander