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Fashion Week Columbus

Fashion Week Columbus is the flagship program of the Columbus Fashion Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to fashion design students and a platform for local and emerging fashion designers. 

The inspiration behind the program, according to Thomas McClure, Founder and Executive Director of Fashion Week Columbus, was to life up the fashion community through an industry that every single person can relate to – fashion.

“Columbus is now the 14th largest city in the US, and most major cities have a Fashion Week,” says McCure. “However, Columbus being No. 3 in the nation for the number of resident fashion designers, gives us a huge reason to have Fashion Week as a platform that many local & emerging designers launch their brands from.” 

Now in its 11th years, Fashion Week Columbus will continue to spotlight why Columbus is No. 3 in the nation for fashion designers as they host a week of fashion events at various locations. 

Some of the events are either fully virtual or have a virtual component. “Our signature kickoff event, High Fashion Tea Runway Show, is going fully virtual and is hosted at The Joseph,” says McClure. “We’re so excited to go virtual. And our Finale Runway show is hosted by Ohio HD Studios, where they have an almost 5,000 square foot, 360 cyc, wall studio. It’s going to be amazing. 

Thomas McClure, Founder/Executive Director of Fashion Week Columbus

A list of this year’s fashion designers can be found here

Details on the week’s events are listed below:

September 17th – FWC20 Virtual Launch Party (virtual)
Nia Noelle hosts a panel discussion with all the FWC20 Designers, including the headline designer. Free Viewing

Sept 20th – High Fashion Tea Fashion Show – The Joseph (virtual)
Fully Virtual live stream with Karina Nova hosting from her own fashionable afternoon tea, featuring 2 designer collections in a fashion show/fashion film format. – Tickets On Sale Now – A $15 donation will receive a virtual front row/runway view of this super innovative fashion event.

Sept 22nd – Passport 2 Fashion (virtual)
We’re building the future of fashion and it includes all ethnicities, cultures, ages, genders, and sizes. Explore a new nation of fashion that smashes outdated expectations and believes that fashion is for everyone. Seven continents. Countless cultures. One Runway.Become a part of the movement at Passport To Fashion. Join us on September 22 for an immersive virtual experience. Proceeds benefit Dress For Success Columbus. Tickets On Sale Now

Sept 23rd – Macy’s Fall Fashion Show – The Parking Garage Rooftop across from Macy’s Easton (in-person experience)
Macy’s hosts their annual Fall Fashion Show in partnership with Fashion Week Columbus, with limited seating, social distancing, and fun fashions. – RSVPS Go Live soon!

Sept 24th – Easton Fashion Night & Philanthropy Meets Fashion (in person experience)
Easton hosts their annual Easton Fashion Night in partnership with Fashion Week Columbus, featuring local African-American designer collections presentation style around the Easton Unity Pavillion and closing out with FWC20’s Philanthropy Meets Fashion – a fireside chat with the headline designer and other FWC20 designers, hosted by Nia Noelle at the Easton Drive-In Stage and Screen.

September 25th – Fashion Industry Mixer hosted by IL Moda Brand Development
A celebration of everything fashion in Columbus by bringing together everyone fashion in Columbus. Details to be confirmed soon.

September 26th – 11th Annual Fashion Week Columbus Finale Runway Show – (virtual & in-person)
Featuring amazing 5 local & emerging fashion designers plus our FWC20 headline designer at Ohio HD Studios. Strict COVID-19 restrictions will be followed with all participants. Limited seating capacity for the in-person experience.

Virtual Experience – Front row seat to the virtual Finale Runway Show and backstage access to virtually hang out with the designers, models, and crew during the show! Only our virtual guests will get to experience the 4 camera experience which includes different aspects of the runway, the audience, and backstage during each designer collection showcase.  

Donations of $50 will receive this exclusive access.

In-Person Experience –  This is a limited and low seating capacity event due to the space and to COVID-19 Health & Safety restrictions. Audience members will consist of sponsors, partners, and board members with an up close and personal view of our amazing designers on the runway at Ohio HD Studios. Sponsorships start at $500 and include in-person tickets.

This year’s event is clearly different since COVID-19 turned the world upside down, not sparing the fashion industry. However, even with limitations in place, Fashion Week Columbus is important because it’s a platform used by local and emerging designers to launch their brands, procure new clients, and to put their brand in the spotlight,” he says. “It also raises funds for fashion design students, so they can complete their schooling. We’ve implemented strict COVID-19 health & safety guidelines for all participants at our pre-production events and FWC events. We want our audiences, designers, models, and crew to all feel safe. This is a priority for the organization. We have wellness check forms, registration, temperature checks, mask requirements at all times, and social distancing.”

McClure says to expect a lot of collections in this year’s events to include face masks. “Fashion reflects the current state of the world,” he says. “Fashion is political. Fashion is art. Most of all – fashion has heart!”

You can learn more about watching and attending the events here.

To learn more and follow along, visit www.fashionweekcolumbus.org or stay connected on Facebook and Instagram

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