Wanted: Charlottesville Fashion Designers

23 02 2011

I’ve been brainstorming with Dana, who writes the Cville Fashion blog (www.cvillefashion.com) about how to organize a fashion show showing only the work of local designers. Yes, indeed, there are fashion designers living and working in Charlottesville. One source, for example, may well be the sewing and designing courses run by Les Fabriques (which does still exist, pretty nearly opposite Wal-Mart as I understand it. I haven’t been to their new location yet, but from ads and from speaking to people who have, it seems they have been able to expand in any number of directions.) I’ll be brainstorming on possible ways of ferreting them out as I work my day job tomorrow, but as usual, I’m open to suggestions.

Designers, as in dress designers aren’t all we’ll need, though. We’ll need designers of jewelry, handbags, shoes, scarves, belts, all kinds of accessories. It would be great to have knit designers or menswear designers or children’s wear designers or any other variations as well.

It’s possible we’ll be able to have prints designed by local textile designers made available to designers. Or many locally spun yarns for knit designers. There are many possibilities for locally produced materials for our designers.

We’ll need stylists to pull the looks together. We’ll need sponsors, preferably local makers of things that might be of interest to our audience or local shops interested in stocking the wares of our local designers.

We’ll need dressers, set constructors, organizers, music (by locals, of course), models, folks who are willing to help with publicity, organizers, hair stylists, make-up artists. I feel as if the list could go on and on.

And unless we somehow managed to attract a funding angel, all of these roles might well be taken up by volunteers. And I want to be open to including volunteers who are totally inexperienced in the role they want to take on, aspirers, just as the various designers will be aspirers.

I am ambitious and perhaps crazy enough to want to pull all this off in the week that the first year folks turn up for UVA, or maybe during Virginia Fashion Week whenever it is next scheduled.

Then there’s where to do it.

If you see this blog post, pass it on to anyone who you think might be interested in participating in this adventure of mine and Dana’s. There’s space in our padded room for many more Charlottesvillians.