The return of style: December 9th-15th, 2019

The Rebirth of a Fashion Week

Dayton Fashion Week is a platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting featuring local and national designers. Our focus is on emerging and independent fashion designers with a mission of connecting them to boutique, buyers and directly to consumer through runway experiences, pop up shops, networking opportunities and social experiences and the highly curated Dayton Threads an online boutique experience.     

We enable designers to collaborate with seasoned stylists, make-up artists, models and photographers to present their collections in the most professional atmosphere imaginable. Recognizing the common thread between designers and boutiques and with an unapologetic focus on the business side of the fashion industry, Dayton Fashion Week is a fresh, re-imagined series of signature events and programs spread across the Miami Valley and led by the historically free-spirited Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between fashion designers, retailers, and fashion media with an ultimate goal of garnering global exposure for the area's fashion industry.  We are dedicated to empowering creativity, expression, confidence, and individuality and strive to be a strong support system where new, emerging, and independent designers can learn and grow their careers. 

Events will range in topic and size. They will consist of meetups, workshops, talks and social gatherings held by individual artists, creative companies and organizations that serve the fashion community in some way.While all Fashion Designers are welcomed to host their own events throughout the week;  the designers participating in headlining Runway experiences taking place on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th are  by invitation only. Request an invitation or apply to host a Pop-Up Shop below. If you'd like to produce and host your own Fashion Experience  for Dayton Fashion Week via unique access to exhibitions, studio tours,  runway events, conversations, or more, please see Event Hosting 101 for additional information.

Model Applications Are Now Being Accepted

The #Reboot of Dayton Fashion Week will take place December 9-15, 2019. Complete our Model Application by September 1, 2019!

Model Application

Designers: Request an Invitation

If Invited to showcase during our headlining Runway Experience, there are no fees to participate

Dayton Design Week and Dayton Fashion Week

P.O. Box 1664 Dayton, OH 45401

(937) 416-1388

Apply To Host A Pop-Up Shop

Dayton Fashion Week is currently seeking designers to host pop up shops!  We market to buyers, media and directly to end consumers, so you may take  wholesale orders as well as sell product in your pop up space.   We expect attendees to purchase directly from you, but we encourage you  to focus on the media attendance for opportunities to expand your brand  to new markets.  If you have a location in mind, you are more than welcomed to use it, or we can also assist in helping you find and secure a venue for your event. 



Applications to participate are due by September 1, 2019 or until all spots have been filled.  Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, so it is  beneficial to complete your application early. There is a $50 fee to apply, any additional cost related to the venue are at the expense of the designer. The Dayton Fashion Week Board will review each application and provide each brand with a yes, no or  wait-list answer.  Should your application be rejected, 100% of your application fee will be returned to you within 30 days.

Pop-up Shop Participants must provide:

  • Signage
  • Method of collecting payment
  • Come equipped with wifi solution if taking payments online
  • Product displays
  • Clothing racks
  • Shop attendants (up to four)
  • Supervision of merchandise at all times during event. (We are NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items)


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Dayton Design Week and Dayton Fashion Week

P.O. Box 1664 Dayton, OH 45401, US (937) 416-1388

Applications are now open for 2019 events!

Important Dates & Deadlines



  • Deadline for Early Bird Submission: July 1st, 2019
  • Deadline for Host Application: September 1st, 2019
  • Blackout times for Hosts: December 11th evening, 13th evening, 14th afternoon and 15th evening

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  • Applications are open for submission until September 1st, 2019
  • Early Bird discounted  application fee's end July 1st, 2019
  • If you are approved, we will alert      you on a rolling basis within three weeks
  • Preferred dates and time are awarded  to applicants in order of their registration
  • Please note that all information      submitted on the form will be used for the online listings. Any changes  after submission may incur a $50 *fee
  • Are you registering more than one event? Application fee discounts are offered for more than one event.  Please contact us before filling out an application  
  • Non-Profits register for free, all fees are waived. Please use the Non-Profit Event Registration Form 
  • Sponsoring? Your fee is waived!  Fill out this form to register
  • Need help? Contact us at

*The editing fee is triggered when an applicant makes a significant change to their event such as the event title or event description after it has been accepted. Changes to speakers or panelists will not incur the fee.  

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  • Be recognized as a premium industry leader
  • Recruit new, top talent
  • Get inspired as a team by creating fresh ideas that engage various audiences
  • Increase exposure through e-blast promotions
  • Promotional post through our social media channels and      media + press engagement
  • Gain Official Dayton Fashion Week and Dayton Design Week Participant designation, with rights to use our logo and brand on      promotions
  • Reach over thousands of participating attendees, thought leaders, organizations and companies
  • Give back and strengthen the community during the largest coordinated design event in the Midwest
  • Showcase your work and build relationships

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  • We offer guidance and consultation with our staff to create a memorable event that is well positioned for our audience
  • Insider tips into the community and culture for the Miami Valley community of designers
  • Inclusion on our Official Events Calendar on,, and which is organized by date
  • Full page event promotion on our website complete with your company information and logo, event description, location and ticketing link
  • Ticketing page set-up and managed through the official (DE-FI) Eventbrite account
  • 2019 Branded Campaign poster for your window to show  you are an Official Participant
  • You keep 100% of ticketing revenue for your event  (minus Eventbrite fees) or the opportunity to donate the funds

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  • Dayton Fashion Week and Dayton Design Week are a highly  curated series of events. We strive for diversity in topics and types of      hosts ranging from start-ups, small studios to large tech companies. Our selection committee will review to ensure that your topic and format are aligned with our mission and offering a broad range of ideas
  • Programming that showcases the authenticity and diversity of the Miami Valley Area’s design community
  • Experiences that will resonate with our audience
  • Each submission will be reviewed by a selection committee within 2 weeks of your completed application and accepted applications will be awarded/notified on a rolling basis
  • Pro tip: Steer clear of generic topics! Offer a truly unique experience and stand out of the crowd of other design events.

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  • As a volunteer led organization, the application fee      allows us to deliver on our promise to effectively promote your event to  the press, media and general audience. The fees also allow us to continue operating and grow
  • We offer guidance and consultation with our staff to create a memorable event 
  • If your application is not approved the fees are refunded to you
  • Non-Profits register for free, all fees are waived. Please use the Non-Profit Registration Form  
  • We’re an accessible organization, everyone is welcome   no matter your background or status. If you are experiencing a hardship  but would like to participate please fill out the Hardship application 

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