Open to all stakeholders in the DC fashion industry, the Public Program encourages and equips talented local professionals to start, maintain, and grow businesses in the Washington, DC area. Public Program designers receive invitations to select seminars from the Designer-in-Residence programming. They may also receive invitations to participate in fashion showcase events. Their name and business may also be featured on the DCFF website or other materials in order to raise awareness of other DC-area fashion industry professionals and enthusiasts. Please note that Public Program participants do not work in the Incubator itself; this space is reserved for the full-time Designers-in-Residence.
The Public Program invites participants to select designer seminars, business seminars, or a mix. The designer track is focused on equipping designers with the skills and knowledge to develop their unique talents. The business leader track offers guidance on establishing, operating, and growing a company in the fashion industry. The hybrid track is well suited to designers or other creatives who either have built or are preparing to build a business. Participants should express interest in one of these three tracks when applying.
To learn more and apply, please fill out this form. If you wish to submit the Public Program application fee electronically, please visit our Network for Good site. On the first page your see, under “Designation (Optional)”, please write: “[Your name] Public Program application fee”.
If you are interested in participating in an even more intensive design and business program, please consider learning about becoming a Designer-in-Residence at the DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Metro Center.
Fashion Showcase Series
These joint runway presentations, pop-up boutiques, and networking events draw together hundreds from the Washington, DC fashion community. Hosted at storied DC venues such as the W Hotel and Southwest Arts Club, these showcases provide an opportunity for designers, event planners, university students, and journalists to display and market their creativity and talents. We invite you to read about our Fashion Showcase at the Southwest Arts Club to read about how a group of hundreds — including community members and philanthropists, DC Fashion Foundation designers, and fashion industry professionals and volunteers — turned out to support local business development.
For designers: Showcases feature DCFF Designers-in-Residence and, in some cases, designers selected from the Public Program. If you are not currently a Designer-in-Residence or member of our Public Program, but you would like to show your collection in the next installment of our Fashion Showcase Series, please fill out this form to join our Public Program. In the body of your submission email, please specify that you are interested in participating in a Fashion Showcase through either a runway presentation or a pop-up boutique.
For volunteers: Volunteers are vital to the success of our events. We strive to give them projects that are personally relevant and highly impactful on our shows. If you are a stylist, makeup artist, event planner, marketer, or anyone else would like to volunteer behind-the-scenes at the next Fashion Showcase, please fill out this form. If you are a local high school, college, or graduate student wishing to make an impact over several months, we welcome you to volunteer and fill out the form above; we also encourage you to consider our internship program, described later on this page.
For press: If you are a journalist, photographer, or blogger who would like to stay informed about our next Fashion Showcase, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the next show date, sign up for our newsletter on our homepage, or follow our events calendar.
Internships for Credit
The DC Fashion Foundation partners with local colleges and universities to design enriching internship programs. Local students have the opportunity to independently manage a high-stakes workstream, from interacting directly with industry press to playing a crucial role in event management and execution. The Foundation welcomes and appreciates interns from a range of backgrounds and with varied skillsets.
To learn more and apply, please fill out this form.