While some might think Dayton is the sleepy little town between here and Columbus, others would beg to differ. In fact, organizers of the first Dayton Fashion Week say it’s about to be the Midwest’s fashion hub.
Dayton Fashion Week was inspired and created by Junda Morris-Kennedy who says she’s always had a passion for fashion. Growing up with a mother, who taught her to sew at the young age of three, Morris-Kennedy became a fashion and pageantry enthusiast.
“I worked in the fashion industry for a while now. I just moved here to the Dayton area,” says Morris-Kennedy. “I did my market research for different events that happen in Dayton and with my background in the industry I decided to come up and put together Dayton’s first annual fashion week.”
Morris-Kennedy previously owned a Maryland-based modeling agency, while also producing pageants. She owns the National Miss Ebony U.S. pageant and even owns her own nail polish line. In regards to Dayton Fashion Week, Morris-Kennedy is most excited about the showcasing Dayton’s talent.
“I’m most excited about the momentum it has it brought to the city and all the artistic people it has given hope to within the city. This is an event that showcases talent and they [designers] don’t have to leave the city to show their talent,” she says.
Dayton Fashion Week is filled with various events each day, ranging from live runway shows to social gatherings with celebrities. Set to launch on July 24, Dayton Fashion Week will be a week packed with the latest and greatest from designers from across the world. To start off the week, there will be a launch gala built for networking and showcasing the designers in participation with the fashion week. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going to the Hospice of Dayton.
On Wednesday, there will be a fusion of music and fashion in Dayton’s downtown scene. Thursday is all about the little ones with a children’s inspired runway show featuring a local Dayton designer and the international design house of AM Victorious.
Friday’s events will continue on with an emerging designer and ready to wear showcase filled with a village full of vendors for attendees to explore. Lastly, Dayton Fashion Week concludes with a grand finale runway showcase within the Dayton Convention Center featuring international, local and other national designers. Tickets to attend events for Dayton Fashion Week range from $7-$160.
For more information about Dayton Fashion Week or to buy tickets to the events, visit www.daytonfashionweek.com.