Guests mingling at a Luncheon By Design event

Luncheon By Design

An annual fundraising event

About Luncheon By Design

Luncheon by Design has become the not-to-be-missed fundraising event drawing Denver’s design and creative community, lovers of architecture and fashion, and supporters of the architecture and design department for an exclusive presentation featuring renowned authors, scholars and designers.

Past speakers have included Gregory Bishop, director of Cartier Tradition; renowned interior designer Eric Cohler; and the museum’s own Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion.

Woman in open field wearing a colorful patterned dress

Jamie Okuma, Ribbon Dress. Peabody Essex Museum, Museum purchase, made possible by Susan Esco Chandler and Alfred D. Chandler and the Ellen and Stephen Hoffman Fund for Native American Art Acquisitions. Cat. No. 2021.30.1

Luncheon By Design 2022

On April 14, 2022, Luncheon by Design featured Ojibwe author and Vogue Fashion and Style writer Christian Allaire with an inspiring presentation on Indigenous designers making waves in the fashion world. In conversation with Associate Curator of Native Arts Dakota Hoska, Allaire highlighted the ways these artists incorporate Indigenous sensibilities into their creations while addressing priorities like sustainability, reverence, and appropriation.

Luncheon by Design 2022 was co-chaired by Merle C. Chambers and W. Richard West, Jr. and presented by Merle C. Chambers and John Brooks, Inc. The virtual program was sponsored by Neiman Marcus, which matched each virtual ticket purchase with a donation. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Native Arts department’s acquisitions. Thank you to all who attended in-person and virtually.