The West 18th Street Fashion Show isn’t just for designers who can whip up a dress in no time flat. Everyone knows accessories are the icing on the cake, and no runway would be complete without them! Accessories designers have always been an important part of the West 18th Street Fashion Show, and this year we want to encourage even more of you to apply.If you design original jewelry, hats, or other accessories, we invite you to apply to be part of Gilded Summer, our 13th annual show, which will take place on Saturday, June 8th. Please visit our website to view the application, and submit by March 18th. Accessories designers will be chosen and announced just like clothing designers. Once selected, our resident design expert Hadley Anne Johnson, will thoughtfully pair accessories designers with clothing designers who share a complimentary aesthetic and would benefit from working together.Please refer to the call for designers for additional deadlines and application requirements.Here’s what a few past accessories designers have to say:
“Being involved [in the West 18th Street Fashion Show] allowed me to meet other designers, photographers and models in the industry and several opportunities were a ripple effect off the show. I had been working so hard in my studio but the exposure that came from the fashion show was phenomenal. Lets just say I haven’t been bored since!”
Being an accessory designer for the W. 18th st. show is such a fun experience. For me, coming from a jewelry background, it was really a chance to push myself to design bigger, bolder pieces. It’s the only fashion show in Kansas City that supports true creative experimentation from start to finish. This show really goes above and beyond to try to connect and promote all it’s designers and that kind of support has been invaluable to me as a young designer.
Paired with an original clothing collection that will get print and online media exposure, this is a fabulous opportunity for your original pieces to appear on the West 18th Street runway. In addition, each year the show is contacted by people looking to purchase what they saw on the runway, giving you a unique and prestigious opportunity to generate business and collaborate with other designers in the Kansas City community and beyond.
For additional information, please contact Coordinating Producer Molly Bingaman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Executive Producer Mark Southerland at email@example.com, and visit our website: www.westeighteenthstreet.com.