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It's Beyond Fashion, It's an experience

The Fashion Experience

"I never expected to see something like this happen in Dayton, OH!  I looked around and thought that I was in New York City”

~Sherry Diamond, Manager of Commander Aero host of First Flight Now Fashion 


Whether you are participating or attending a (DE-FI) produced event, you’ll never witness the same event twice!


From having a runway of  fire with an ancient restored Native American village as a back drop, to  shutting down an entire airplane hangar with the Wright B Flyer leading  the way; the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC brings you  #FashionExperience like no other!


Since launching in 2013  every show that we have produced has been sold out. We are uncomfortable  with being comfortable and our team of creative and talented fashion  professionals is dedicated raising the bar.  We challenge ourselves, our  designers, our models, our audience, and other fashion professionals to  do, want, and expect more. See our galleries belows.


This is an industry of constant change…there’s no such thing as business as usual! #BeDisruptive #TheEvolutionContinues

Apply For Dayton Design Week and Dayton Fashion Week

Applications are now open to participate  in and /or host your own #Experience!

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A Taste of (DE-FI)ance Pt 2

On Jan.3,2014 we hosted the Sold Out and inaugural Taste of (DE-FI)ance pairing Chef Anthony Head for a one of a kind fashion and food experience!  The premise of this event is to take the origin of the fabrics used in the design itself  along with the concept or theme of the collection. 

First Flight Now Fashion Pt 2

May 10, 2014 we hosted the Sold Out First Flight Now Fashion Experience at Commander Aero Airport, over 500 people were in attendance!

First Flight Now Fashion Pt 3

Check out this great video

Art, Wine & Fashion with Erika Beartie Pt 2

Guest participated in creative exercises using  words, drawings, and paint to tell their story.  These exercises are all  a part of the steps that Erika takes throughout  her process of  creating one of her wearable art pieces; each pieces tells a story!
 

Check out this clip of Erika explaining her creative process to attendees. #TheHumanExperience #BeTrueToYourself #BeCreative #OvercomeYourFears #EmbraceYourMistakes #WhatDoYouDEFI #FirstFlightNowFashion 

Art, Wine, & Fashion with Erika Beartie Pt 3

 Here is another clip from Art, Wine, and Fashion with Erika Beartie creator of Gowns By Beartie explaining the story behind the evening's featured piece "Inner Passion"! #FindingYourPassion #LightYourFire #WhatDoYouDEFI #FirstFlightNowFashionSHOW MORE
 

HOUSE OF (DE-FI)ANCE FASHION PARTY & MAG RELEASE MIXER PT 2

September 19, 2015 we unveiled the cover of the 3rd edition of (DE-FI)ance Magazine and hosted a SOLD OUT South Beach inspired Fashion Party

(DE-FI) Fashion Week: Designer Workshop Pt1

 Our fellow villager Lynn Barnes PhD, owner of M.Lynn  Barnes Fashion Design Studio taught three Designers Workshops for  Beginners during our #FashionWeek. Here Lynn shares details of her annual New  York City pilgrimage with area designers with aspiring #Designers

(DE-FI) Fashion Week: Business of Fashion Seminar Pt 1

As a part of FIDM's Finding Your Design Inspiration presentation during the Business of Fashion Seminar; Lynne Bartley gave aspiring #Designers 10 minutes to sketch out a design, some designers found their inspiration from items found in their pockets! #WhatInspiresYou #RemovingBarriers #TheFashionPipeline #FashionAdvancement #WhatDoYouDEFI #FirstFlightNowFashion

(DE-FI) Fashion Week: Business of Fashion Seminar Pt 2

As a part of FIDM's Finding Your Design Inspiration presentation during the Business of Fashion Seminar; Lynne Bartley gave aspiring #Designers 10 minutes to sketch out a design, some designers found their inspiration from items found in their pockets! #WhatInspiresYou #RemovingBarriers #TheFashionPipeline #FashionAdvancement #WhatDoYouDEFI #FirstFlightNowFashion

(DE-FI) Fashion Week: Business of Fashion Seminar Pt 3

Designer Corey Winborn creator of  spoke to #AspiringDesigners  at our Business of Fashion Seminar during (DE-FI) Fashion Week. Check  out  his conversation on Establishing Your Clientele. Do you  know your value? #RemovingBarriers #TheFashionPipeline #FashionAdvancement #WhatDoYouDEFI #FirstFlightNowFashion 

(DE-FI) Fashion Week: Business of Fashion Seminar Pt 4

 Jay Arbetman from the Chicago based The Sourcing District shared a wealth of knowledge with our aspiring #designers  during (DE-FI) Fashion Weeks Business of Fashion Seminar. From how to  build your brand, to sourcing and manufacturing your product Jay shared  it all!  He also share why boutiques and fashion shows are bad business  for new and emerging designers. Check out what Jay had to say here: #RemovingBarriers #FashionAdvancement #TheFashionPipeline #WhatDoYouDEFI #FirstFlightNowFashion