Fashion Designers

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 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:

  • Having an exclusive show
  • Have the Main Stage all to yourself 
  • Having full creative control 
  • Pop Up Shop opportunities
  • Business to Business revenue opportunities 
  • Business to Customer revenue opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Exclusive shoppable video and livestream

Your Fashion Experience will include:

 Runway + Production 

  • Stage Lighting
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Equipped Backstage
  • Media Pit + Media Center 
  • Live Stream 
  • Multi-Camera Video 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


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:

  • Pop-Up Shops
  • Coffee with a Designer
  • Crawls
  • Producing Your Own Event

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

Apply or Request An Invitation

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.

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