Dayton Fashion Week is a platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting. Our focus is on emerging and independent fashion designers with a mission of connecting them to boutiques, buyers and directly to consumers through runway experiences, pop up shops, networking opportunities, social experiences, the highly curated Dayton Threads an online boutique experience, (DE-FI)ance Magazine and more!
Our mission is to bridge the gap between fashion designers, retailers, and fashion media with an ultimate goal of garnering global exposure for the area's fashion industry. We are dedicated to empowering creativity, expression, confidence, and individuality and strive to be a strong support system where new, emerging, and independent designers can learn and grow their careers.
We enable designers to collaborate with seasoned stylists, make-up artists, models and photographers to present their collections in the most professional atmosphere imaginable. Recognizing the common thread between designers and boutiques and with an unapologetic focus on the business side of the fashion industry. Dayton Fashion Week is a fresh, re-imagined series of signature events and programs spread across the Miami Valley.
THE HEADLINING EVENTS
The Grand Finale Runway Experience will take place on Friday, December 13th. The Taste of (DE-FI)ance Magazine Release Party will be held on Saturday December 14th and will be produced by the historically free-spirited Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, located in Jefferson Twp. Designer participation is by invite only and there are no fees included; request an invitation HERE positions are limited.
Designers invited to showcase during the headlining events will benefit from:
Your Fashion Experience will include:
Runway + Production
Optional Hair & Make-up Services
Rolling Racks (Hangers not included)
Seating/Standing Room for guests
Inclusion in PR & Marketing Materials
Meet & Greet with Retail Buyers in the VIP Area
Ability to instantly sell your clothing right off the Runway (with 20% commission to (DE-FI)
Receive all Runway Photos + Videos
HOSTING YOUR OWN EVENTS
Are you more of the independent type that's ready to tackle every aspect of your event? Hosting your own event will be perfect for you! Events can range in topic, style, and size. You can host meetups, workshops, talks, social gatherings or produce your own runway experience.
Hosting Options Included:
Please see Event Hosting 101 for additional details. All designers must also submit a press kit, which must include: designer’s bio, designer’s photo, photos of past seasons’ collections if applicable, and a vision board for future collections.
See our Official Code of Conduct HERE
While all Fashion Designers are welcomed to host their own events throughout the week or participate in runway experiences produced by other Host; the designers participating in headlining Runway experiences taking place on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th are by invitation only.