Mark your calendars for December 11th-14th, 2019; Dayton Fashion Week is under new Ownership and Management; powered by the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC the architect of one of the most influential fashion organizations in the country. Dayton Fashion Week is calling on local, national and international designers that are transforming the industry to be a part of our all inclusive week long celebration of all things fashion!  

You have two opportunities participate:

1) Request an invitation from (DE-FI) to be a part of their NYFW inspired Headlining Event

2) Host Your Own Event

The (DE-FI) Produced Headlining Event

This curated event gives emerging designers the unique opportunity to  strengthen their business skills in a real time opportunities and curriculum taught by industry and business experts!  Designers invited to participate in (DE-FI)'s Headlining Event will have the opportunity to grow their brand by participating in various Business of Fashion Modules presented to them over the months after fashion week.  Designers you will have the opportunities to work on editorial shoots for your line via (DE-FI)ance Magazine  and sell pieces from your line via Dayton Threads.   The Best Part is, there's no application fee to participate!

Host Your Own Event

Not only will there be (DE-FI) produced events, Dayton Fashion Week is giving you the opportunity to do fashion your way by hosting or producing your own fashion experiences that can take place in a variety of  venues across the Miami Valley from galleries, showrooms, dinner  parties, museums, cultural institutes and have total creative control. This is your chance to  grow your clientele with an exploration of creative fashion, shine a  spotlight on retail development, and make Dayton, OH a fashion destination.  

Events can range in topic and size and will consist of meetups, workshops,  talks and social gatherings hosted by fashion designers, models, photographers, stylist, Hair and Makeup artist individual artists, creative companies and organizations that serve the fashion community in some way.  

The Deadline for applications is October 31st.

See our Official Code of Conduct HERE

Apply Now or Request and 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  experience taking place on Friday, December 13th is by invitation only. 

Applications and Invitations