We are (DE-FI)ing Fashion Week! With a different Fashion Show popping up every week that garners applause as models sashay up and down the runway, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of lights, camera’s and action BUT the fashion show is just the tip of the iceberg and only makes up 5% of the Fashion Industry.

The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC is bringing the other 95% and then some.  So mark your calendars for March 5-11, 2017 because the first ever (DE-FI) Fashion Week is set to take flight!

Destination #1 Designers Workshop for Beginners Day 1 & 2

Our first stop will be on Sunday, March 5, destination Day 1 of a 2 day Designers Workshop for Beginners.  Instructed by Lynn Barnes, PhD, this event is designed for newbies to the world of Fashion who are looking to become designers but don’t have the sewing skills needed for garment construction. There are only (10) slots available at this stop,  reserve your  Day 1 seat today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-designers-workshop-for-beginners-day-1-tickets-31583930386 and your Day 2 seat at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-designers-workshop-for-beginners-day-2-tickets-31584160073

Destination #2 Business of Fashion Seminar

After you develop your sewing skills, be sure to stick around for the FREE Business of Fashion Seminar on Monday, March 6, and learn how to put your new-found skills into action at our second stop of (DE-FI) Fashion Week. Space is limited for this event and participants will be registered on a first come, first serve basis, reserve your spot today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-free-business-of-fashion-seminar-tickets-31584773909 and hear from:

• Lynn Bartley from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (California) on finding your design inspiration http://wwww.fidm.edu/

• Jay Arbetman of The Souring District (Illinois) to source your fabric and other essential supplies www.thesourcingdistrict.com

• Lynn Barnes from M. Lynn Barnes Fashion Design Studio(Ohio) and learn Fashion history http://mlbsweebly.wixsite.com/mlynnbarnesstudio/about

• Corey Winborn, creator of Designs by Winborn (Ohio), learn how to become a successful independent designer from the comfort of your own home https://www.facebook.com/designsbywinborn/?ref=br_rs&pnref=lhc

• Della Reams, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University (OH) College of Creative Arts, Interdisciplinary Design – Fashion and Leslie D. Stoel, Professor, Miami University (OH), Farmer School of Business, Department of Marketing and College of Creative Arts, Fashion, learn about Miami University’s Fashion Design Co-major right here at home http://www.miamioh.edu/cca/academics/interdisciplinary-programs/fashion/index.html

• Caressa Brown, Owner/Director of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC, where you will learn what it takes to produce a world class fashion experience. http://www.daytonemergingfashionincubator.com/

Destination #3 Fabric Fest

So, now you can sew and you have 20/20 vision focused on your line, Tuesday, March 7 sounds like the perfect day to load up on unique and hard to find fabrics and other supplies from Chicago based The Sourcing District.  This event is free and open to the public; believe us when we say, Jay knows his products and they are the most affordable in the Midwest.


Destination #4 Acting and Improvisation Workshop

So, the first 3 Destinations have been geared mostly towards the design aspect of fashion; now it’s time for the models to get in on the action. Here at the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC, it takes more than a pretty face and a killer walk to become a part of our #FashionExperience…You have to be equipped with the skills to bring the designers vision to life!  We are honored to welcome asset consultant & producer Chu Oparah to (DE-FI) Fashion Week on Wednesday, March 8!  During this FREE Acting and Improvisation Workshop, you will explore how your own story can be a phenomenal resource to take you from walking and taking photos to bringing undeniable value to the set of any production. Registration for this event is limited, reserve your spot today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-free-acting-and-improvisation-workshop-tickets-31585054749

Destination #5 Knits Only Sewing Workshop

Take your sewing skills to the next level on Thursday, March 9 during the Knits Only Sewing Class is a seven-hour class on the introductory how-to’s of basic knit clothing construction and fitting. The class content includes stretch-to-fit, use of ribby for T-shirts, sweatshirts and turtlenecks, lettucing, and a final project using an approved commercial pattern (knit skirts, tops, leggings or pull-on pants). How to construct sweaters and active sportswear will be covered. Reserve your seat today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-knits-only-sewing-workshop-tickets-31585537192

Destination #6 Pop Up Shop and Clothing Swap

It’s time to purchase some souvenirs by supporting independent Designers on Friday, March 10 during the very first (DE-FI) Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop and Clothing Swap.  Purchase samples or place a custom order directly from the designer at our Pop-Up Shop OR clean out that closet just to fill it back up again! ;-)


Do you have any clothes or accessories that you absolutely love but just may not wear anymore? We certainly do and where sure that you do too so bring those gently used garments and accessories over to the (DE-FI) Clothing Swap! SHOP FOR FREE…yes we said FREE. Participants can search through items dropped off by other fashionista’s and fashionisto’s to replace the items you are trading in.

Unclaimed items will be donated to our official non-profit the Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery Program.



Destination #7 Free Model Bootcamp

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 11! Whether you are seeking modeling as a career or if it's just a hobby this workshop is for you! The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC celebrates beauty in all forms, there are no height or size restrictions and is open to male and females ages 12 and better.

To ensure a quality experience for every participant, space is limited and and registration is required. To confirm your spot register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-free-model-bootcamp-tickets-31586595357 and send an email to info@daytonemergingfashionincubator.com using "Free Model Bootcamp" as the Subject line and include your name and age. Participants under the age of 18, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Participants will be equipped with the following skills and knowledge:


Agency Talk

-How to avoid scams

-What it takes to make it in the industry

-Understanding the business behind being a model

-Finding the right agency


Focus on Inner Beauty

-Knowing your worth

-Having the proper support system

-Coping with rejection


Healthy Living

-Proper Nutrition

-Managing Stress

-Healthy Work/Life Balance


Hair, Skin, and Nail Care

-Sanitary Practices

-Maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails before, during, and after photoshoots and shows

-Quick "How To" tips for "Camera Ready" events


Runway and Posing

-Proper Posture

-Developing a signature walk

-Connecting with the camera





Destination #8 The Taste of (DE-FI)ance Magazine Release Party

It’s been a whirlwind trip around the Fashion Industry and we have been cleared for landing! Designers Misti Leigh (iii Creations), Sonya Mills (Kerapa Klothing), Corey Winborn (Designs by Winborn), Edina Ndebele (Endexus Creations), Jamez Novotny (Styles by Novotny), and Megan Antkoviak (Antkoviak) are scheduled to set the runway on FIRE at the Grand Finale of (DE-FI) Fashion Week, The Taste of (DE-FI)ance Magazine Release Party on Saturday, March 11!

Chef Anthony Head will be working one on one with (DE-FI) designers, to create appetizers, (non-alcoholic) drinks, and deserts that not only compliment the origin of the fabric used but he will also draw on his artistic skills by using only ingredients and colors that reflects the design.

Also, for the first time since (DE-FI)ance Magazine launched in 2013, the cover model was not been preselected! Each model that was selected to participate this issue of (DE-FI)ance and A Generation of (DE-FI)ance Magazine has an equal opportunity of landing the cover which will be revealed during this event.

(DE-FI) Flights always sell out, so book your flight today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-fi-fashion-week-taste-of-de-fiance-magazine-release-party-tickets-31586795957


All events are scheduled to take place at the Headquarters of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC, located at 721 Springfield St., Dayton, OH 45403.

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Dayton, OH 45401-1664

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