Madame Butterfly – Colleen Quen spreads her wings as painter
Updated 11:38 am, Friday, July 4, 2014
Designer Colleen Quen spreads her wings in first art exhibition – colorful paintings made while on the path to wellness.
With intense color and fluttering energy, a butterfly exhibits a bright and fragile beauty, something gown designer Colleen Quen has long admired.
Her work has been inspired by the butterfly – her gowns often feature vibrant hues, with sleeves or skirts of delicately billowing fabrics – and now, her life is imitating the butterfly as well.
The Agenda – This week’s 4 don’t-miss events
Published 7:22 pm, Thursday, June 5, 2014
Watercolor artistry Join fashion designer Colleen Quen for the openingnight reception for her show “In the Spirit of Fashion,” a collection of 30 watercolors on rice paper. 6 p.m. Thursday, Thoreau Center’s China Brotsky Gallery, Presidio Building 1014, S.F. www.colleenquenart.com
Maghan McDowell, Carolyne Zinko and Kimberly Chun
Published 7:48 pm, Thursday, April 3, 2014
San Francisco artist and fashion designer Colleen Quen has dressed Paris Hilton and Tyra Banks, but now she’s adding a few more “celebrities” to her roster: Cinderella and Snow White. During an April 19 workshop at the Walt Disney Family Museum, the couturier will teach fashion illustration incorporating watercolor painting while designing new looks for some of Disney’s most high-profile princesses (above). Details: www.waltdisney.org.