October 15, 2012 |

Photos courtesy of Neil Peters Photography and Ecco Chanel

They say it takes two to tango, and this fall, fashion and music are coming together on October 20 in ICAN Tango, a fundraiser show to benefit the ICAN’s (International Cancer Advocacy Network) Foundation Personalized Medicine Programs at the Proscenium Theatre, West Campus of Pima Community College Center for the Arts.

This magical evening will bring to life the beautiful, sensuous, and intricate Argentine tango dance, featuring the very best local Argentine Tango professionals in individual and group performances as well as a fashion show, featuring local fashion designer Diana Lopez, the owner and head designer of Indi Apparel, a brand that designs for women who love to travel, dance, and be comfortable.

Tango apparel has been an expanding market since the rise of the popular Argentine dance into the global dance community.  And not surprisingly so, the popularity of the passionate dance in Tucson has lead local designer Diana Lopez to expand into that market—not just because she is a business owner, but also because she’s been dancing tango for over 10 years.

Diana Lopez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved with her family to the US in 1991.  Growing up as an Argentine immigrant, she always found ways with her family to keep a strong connection with her roots and tango is one of them. “I fell in love with tango the minute I saw it on stage,” she says.

Tango apparel has developed different styles over the years, always keeping sensuality and functionality as the two fundamental characteristics. INDI Apparel’s line includes gaucho pants -inspired by the Argentinean pampas lifestyle. Wide legs for horseback riding comfort and tight ankle hems to avoid getting stuck as legs brush around the bushes. A style that translates ideally for tango, where legs fly around in the air and heels are always looking for a place to get stuck. Skirts include fishtails for a flow effect as dancers glide around the dance floor and slits to add a touch of femininity and sensuality.

INDI’s tango line uses knit fabrics which allow dancers to move with great ease, and many of the skirts have drawstrings so that the length can be changed based on necessity — another INDI Apparel trademark. For more Information about ICAN and the ICAN Tango event: For online reservations: Tickets: $30 Reserved Seating, $50 VIP/Preferred Seating (limited). $25 students (with I.D.)

Category: Entertainment, FASHION