Call for Designers

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Are you a fashion designer looking to be part of the coolest event in Kansas City and if not the country? This year is the 13th annual West Eighteenth Street Fashion Show and with a glittered, opulent theme like Gilded Summer, 18th Street is the only place you should be at dusk June 8, 2013. Each year, 18 talented and fresh designers are chosen to be featured designers in the show, and it is no coincidence that the show takes place on 18th Street, which has become the hub of art, music, and fashion in the Crossroads Arts District. The goal of the West Eighteenth Street Show is to showcase emerging talent in the Kansas City fashion scene on a creative and large platform, all funded by the generosity of local businesses and funders.

The producers of the West Eighteenth Street Fashion Show are requesting applications from designers who can shine into the Gilded Summer. Designers are being encouraged to take on a new modern meaning to the Gilded Summer while capturing “The opulence of hammered gold, and the complex beauty of the Gilded Age in U.S. American history.” 

The West Eighteenth Street Fashion Show is a production that I look forward to every year. After being a part of it as an intern last year, I feel that it will be even more rewarding being involved in the show again this year because I know how much love, time, and work went into each teeny and extravagant detail.

I firmly believe going for new experiences and applying is an accomplishment in itself. With that being said, I encourage designers to step out of their “Black is the New Black” comfort zone, and apply! “Some may seek to simplify, shedding the weight of excess, finding new form and function. Others will maximalize, looking for new ways to celebrate decadency and debauchery. We are looking for designers that can reveal some simple truth about our troubled yet beguiling time.” Below is a slideshow from last years show Triple Crown Summer. May the odds be ever in your favor.

To apply, submit the following by March 18:

  1.  A minimum of three printed photographs of previous original work.
  2.  A one-page resume.
  3. A professional, inspired vision of your collection including five sketches, text and images which explain and illustrate how your designs will interpret this year’s title and theme.
  4. Registration Fee: $30 (cash or check made payable to “18th St. Fashion Show”).

Application materials may not exceed 12” X 15” in size.

Please mail or hand-deliver your application packet to:
Call for Artists
West Eighteenth Street Fashion Show
c/o Birdies
116 W. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108


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