Dayton Fashion Week is under new Ownership and Management; now powered by the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC the architect of one of the most influential fashion organizations in the country and who coined the term "The Fashion Experience" in 2013, while using community outreach as the cornerstone of our foundation.
Inspired by fashion weeks from Fashion Capitals in New York, Paris, and Milan, Dayton Fashion Week is designed to bring participants and guest alike a fully immersive fashion experience. Led by a volunteer team of experienced fashion industry professionals, business owners, and event planning specialists,; our vision is to celebrate Dayton as not only the Birthplace of Aviation but as the Innovation Capital of the World! It is our mission to provide support to Dayton's fashion industries in the form of business resources, exposure, education, advocacy, and advancement.
Acquired in December 2016, (DE-FI) spent 2017-18 planning and rebranding the image and purpose of Dayton Fashion Week which was slated to debut in the March 18-21 ,2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Stay at Home orders issued the week before, the 2020 Fashion Experience was cancelled. Since that time (DE-FI)'s leaders went back to the drawing boards to develop a safe and effective plan that allows everyone to experience first hand the energy and magic of one of the worlds most inclusive fashion week experiences, which includes:
Tentative Schedule of (DE-FI) Produced Headlining Events during Dayton Fashion Week:
Sunday, July 11th
937 Street Style Festival
Monday, July 12th
Tuesday, July 13th
Wednesday, July 14th
Thursday, July 15th
Friday, July 16th
Modelpalooza Sand Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, July 17th
The House of (DE-FI)ance Gala
Dayton Fashion Week will continue to feature aspiring and emerging designers that are transforming the industry, opportunities for aspiring models to grow and develop their craft, and will serve as the annual fundraisers the The House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Co-working Experience. The 2021 DFW will also feature networking events, open photoshoots for the digital version of (DE-FI)ance Magazine, independently produced events and a (DE-FI) produced Headlining Fashion Experience like no other...It's more than a show.
Explore the role fashion plays in everyday life. This week long series is an important opportunity for our community to unite under a common passion. Join us in #TheReboot of an all inclusive week long celebration of all things fashion! Mark your calendars for July 11th-17th, 2021.
See our Official Code of Conduct HERE
This group is for established and aspiring Fashion Designers, Entrepreneurs, Boutique Owners, Fashion Event Producers, Photographers, Wardrobe Stylist, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, Prospective Fashion Sales Representatives, and Models who would like to take it to the next Level and meet other business professionals .