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

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

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