Announcing the West 18th Street Fashion Show Theme: Ceremonial Summer



Kansas City’s Annual Premier Fashion Event Prepares for its Fourteenth Year

Kansas City, MO – The producers of the West 18th Street Fashion Show are proud to announce the theme and date for this year’s 14th annual show: Ceremonial Summer, June 14, 2014. Ceremonial Summer explores the idea of how we mark time. From initiations to coronations, class, culture and spiritual beliefs, this theme will highlight the process of celebration and transition. It will serve as inspiration for the original designs that will be debuted on the West 18th Street Fashion Show runway.

Each year, up to 18 garment and accessories designers are selected from a large pool of applicants to present an original collection. The West 18th Street Fashion Show is the largest fashion show in Kansas City, and was voted Best Fashion Event in the 2011 Pitch's Best of Kansas City Reader's Choice Awards.

The West 18th Street Fashion Show will be held outside at dusk on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the Crossroads Arts District on West 18th Street between Baltimore and Wyandotte. The event is free and open to the public, with a limited number of ticketed runway seats available for purchase beginning Thursday, May 1, 2014. Tickets will be available through the West 18th Street Fashion Show website, and also at Birdies Lingerie and Swimwear, and Donna’s Dress Shop.

The West 18th Street Fashion Show is also proud to announce it has partnered with Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City on a presenting level sponsorship.

“We are honored that the Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Kansas City have committed to this significant sponsorship, which will benefit the show’s ever-growing audience, Kansas City fashion designers, and the Crossroads Arts District,” said Mark Southerland, Executive Producer of the West 18th Street Fashion Show. “To have a partner like Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City is a testament to the quality of this 14-year old, beloved fashion show.”

Marion Battaglia, the President of the two dealerships noted the partnership is an excellent opportunity to support an exciting, storied event that celebrates fashion, music, and creativity. "Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City are passionate about serving the Kansas City community and this sponsorship continues that tradition.”

Designer applications will be accepted through Monday, March 17, 2014. Application instructions can be found on the West 18th Street Fashion Show website:

For additional information, please contact Marketing Manager, Melissa Holland at or 646-750-7585, and visit our website:


Ceremony’s Sacred Hour Paint your Face and Wear Your Power

from the Runway to the Street

Decorated Hands and Feet

The producers of the West 18th Street Fashion Show are now requesting applications for the 14th annual show, Ceremonial Summer. The daily ceremony of getting dressed determines our intention, the passage of hours, our social standing, and how we consider ourselves. What we wear in the progression of our lives is determined by our class and culture, our spiritual beliefs, and our access to material and information. From birth to death, our garments tell the story of who we are and where we are from.

Ceremonial Summer will include up to eighteen carefully curated collections that explore the idea of how we mark time. From initiations to coronations, we are looking for a sophisticated take on the process of celebration and transition. In our fourteenth year, the West 18th Street Fashion Show will bring together a dynamic group of garment and accessories designers who understand the visual space between costuming and high fashion. We intend to present an innovative and inspiring event by selecting an activated and strong group of designers who are willing to take risks and work hard.

To apply, submit the following by March 17:

  1. A one page resume

  2. Three to eight printed photographs of previous original work

  3. Mood Board – collage of images intended to be used as inspiration for the collection- one page filled (8.5 x 11)

  4. Color Story Board – intended colors/textiles/textures intended to be used in fabricated collection

  5. Sketches of the five proposed looks you intend to make for the runway (on 1-2 pages). Please consider the following: styling/hair/makeup, shoes, etc. (Accessories designers need not consider styling/hair/makeup, shoes, etc.)

  6. A one to two paragraph explanation of your intended collection-500 words or LESS.(The visual information you submit will be considered first and foremost.)

  7. Registration Fee: $30 (cash or check made payable to “18th St. Fashion Show”)

Please note, the production team and Designer Curator will be responsible for appropriately pairing accessories designers with garment designers .

Application materials may not exceed 11” X 17” and must be flat.

Please mail or hand-deliver your application packet to:

West 18th Street Fashion Show c/o Birdies

116 W. 18th Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

To deliver your application after hours, place it in the mail slot. Submissions that do not fulfill the standard guidelines listed above will not be reviewed. Please note: No materials will be returned under any circumstance. Selected designers will be announced at and notified via email on Wednesday, March 19th.

To be eligible for selection, designers must be available for the following events: · Sunday, March 23rd – Designer Meeting & Orientation – 4pm-5pm · Tuesday, May 6th – Designer Party and Collection Review – 6pm-9pm · Sunday, June 8th – Show Rehearsal – 4pm-7pm · Saturday, June 14th – Entire Day of the Show

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