When I attended my first Cleveland International Film Festival last month to see Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, I was mesmerized by her story – a woman whose fearless personality and unconventional views on beauty transformed fashion during her time at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
This May, Cleveland will showcase our next generation of fashion innovators during the 9th annual Fashion Week Cleveland (May 4-12).
Fashion Week Cleveland has been called the third largest fashion week after New York and LA by Women’s Wear Daily and offers a week of runway shows and parties, as well as exhibits, workshops and educational events.
Drawing upon its mission of being the nation’s “Educational Fashion Week,” the week’s events will both entertain and provide insightful perspectives on the topics of fashion, design, and merchandising.
With the theme of Fashion Forward, this year’s Fashion Week focuses on showing the public and retailers the future of Cleveland’s downtown consumer and fashion district.
By educating audiences about Cleveland’s potential as a fashion and design star, Fashion Week Cleveland hopes to inspire those in retail to consider bringing their business ventures here and join those like Dredgers Union and CLE Clothing Co. who are building a vibrant shopping experience downtown.
So this May head downtown for two weekends of educational, entertaining and breathtaking fashion events:
Friday, May 4
Retail’s Night Out! (8-10 pm; Free)
Saturday, May 5
GlamJam Fashion and Music in the Rock City (8-11 pm; $10)
Fashion Rocks After-party (11 pm-2 am; Free)
Friday, May 11
Dressed documentary showing at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Q&A with designer Nary Manivong and director David Swajeski (6:45 pm; $9 General Admission, $7 CMA members and students)
The Artists’ Salon After-party at L’Albatros (9 pm – midnight; Free)
Saturday, May 12
Mad About Fashion After-Party (11 pm – 2 am; Free)
Plus, come back next week for a very special Clue Into Cleveland Fashion Week treat!
(Note: Photos and logo courtesy of Fashion Week Cleveland)