Say you’re an aspiring fashion designer, or a college student majoring in fashion design. If you have designed your very own clothing line, and you want people to see it, but you don’t have enough networking connections to put on a professional-level fashion show, it is up to you to come up with some creative and thrifty way to showcase your designs. Hosting your own amateur fashion show is a great way for a new designer to gain exposure, and to take some seriously impressive initiative. Thankfully, our fashion school experts have compiled a list of tips for putting on a fabulous fashion show, no matter what amount of money or connections you’re working with.
Firstly, you have to draw up a budget for your show. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you still have to figure out how to wisely spend the little you’ve got for optimal results. One good first step is to try and find some sponsors. If you’re a student and your parents are graciously helping you out with your tuition, they might be in a good position to sponsor your fashion show as well. Sponsors can also donate things like a venue or concessions in lieu of money. It all ends up helping.
Of course, your fashion show must have a theme. Hopefully, your designs will be enough to draw inspiration for a theme. Pick one that represents the emotions conveyed in your look. Then, decorate accordingly. You can buy cheap light fixtures and fabrics to create mood lighting and decoration. You can also use other cheap decorating methods like spray paint, flowers, wooden boards, old tires and other junkyard finds to create a set that will enhance your designs. Finally, choose music for the show that also fits with your overall theme.
Next, you need to find a venue to host your show. Big-budget fashion shows put on by high-end designers usually choose a trendy location, like a sophisticated theater or a club. However, when putting on your own, smaller fashion show, the more creative you can get with the venue, the better your show will be. If the weather permits, look for an outdoor venue, like an unused bandstand in a park, or a particularly, well-lit city alleyway. Make sure you clear it with a manager, but chances are you’ll be able to use a public space for free, or very little cost.
Once all the rest is arranged, you will need to send out invitations in order to get the word out about your show. Invitations can also be made cheaply out of recycled materials and a little bit of paint or markers. Make sure your invitations list all the vital details, like the name of the event, the designer’s name, the date and the location, but keep them a little bit elusive as well. That way, you will entice people into coming, because they’ll want to learn more about the mysteriously cool invitation they’ve received.
Now you have an amateur fashion show all queued up! But the real magic is up to you, and the love and creativity you pour into your own designs.