In March 2017, we produced the first (DE-FI) Fashion Week. Unlike your typical fashion week ie Dayton Fashion Week which is filled with Runway Experiences, (DE-FI) Fashion Week focused on the Business of Fashion. It was a week full of WERKshops, trainings, professional development, sourcing, logistics, and only one runway experience, The Taste of (DE-FI)ance. With the 2021 Dayton Fashion Week being scheduled for December 5-11, (DE-FI) Fashion Week will take place early March 2022 to allow time for the designers to process and SWOT out their brands in order to be more intentional about their time spent with CFDA leaders and representatives ahead of Ohio Market Week. Additional Details coming soon.
We are currently accepting applications to join the (DE-FI) Incubator Designer Talk Series for the 2021 season! Participants in our incubator have an exclusive opportunity to headline the 2021 Dayton Fashion Week; spots are limited. The deadline for submissions in March 13th with a March 27th start date.