An incubator is a think tank for designers: A place to accelerate professional growth and business development. The premier program of the DC Fashion Foundation, the DC Fashion Incubator (DCFI) is a two-year residency in a glass-enclosed design and learning space at Macy’s Metro Center. This application-only program offers physical resources and equipment, space to work and showcase designs, seminars on business development, access to mentors and networking, and specialized consulting. Classes consist of up to ten designers-in-residence.


If you would like to apply to be a Designer-in-Residence with the DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, please fill out this formNote that applications for the Fall 2017 Designers-in-Residence class are now closed, and these designers will be with the Incubator until September 2019. However, you are welcome to apply for the Fall 2019 class of Designers-in-Residence at this time. We will begin considering applications for this future class of Designers-in-Residence from Spring 2019 onward. If you wish to submit the Designer-in-Residence application fee electronically, please visit our Network for Good site. On the first page your see, under “Designation (Optional)”, please write: “[Your name] DIR application fee”. We also encourage you to learn about and consider our other programs and offerings for designers, industry professionals, and fashion enthusiasts. You are welcome to apply for multiple programs.

Materials for Current Designers

If you are currently a Designer-in-Residence or Public Program participant, we invite you to view or complete the materials that best suit your needs:

*NEW* Virtual Incubator and Expert Information: Virtual Incubator sessions and a directory of fashion industry experts, for DC Fashion Foundation designers.

Fashion Incubators at Macy’s: Overview of the fashion incubators based in Macy’s across the U.S. — including the DC Fashion Incubator, a program of the DC Fashion Foundation.

Projected Dates and Trainers for DCFI Sessions: The DC Fashion Foundation projected calendar of offerings for designers participating in its programming.

DCFI Collective Membership Agreement: Terms and conditions related to DC Fashion Foundation programming.

Small Business Technical Assistance Checklist: Areas for technical assistance that designers may request.

Small Business Technical Assistance Intake Form: Form to request technical assistance.

Designers-in-Residence: 2016

Tsemaye Binitie

Evelyn Brooks

Najla and Cynthia Burt (Dur Doux)

Amanda Casarez-Ramirez

Elshadei Fantahun(Elegant Erkel)

Shaka King

Yanique Moore

Papa Oppong

Shafaq Saeed

Jorge Luis Salinas

Travonne Walker

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