Public Program


Open to all stakeholders in the DC fashion industry, the Public Program seminars encourage and equip talented local professionals to maintain and grow their businesses in the Washington, DC area. It offers a track for designers, a track for business leaders, and a hybrid track.

Our designer track is focused on equipping designers with the skills and knowledge to develop their unique talents. Our 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.

In addition to accessing seminars, designers in the Public Program will participate in select shows in our Fashion Showcase Series. Their name, and their company name, may also be featured on our website or other materials in order to bring awareness to their business from other D.C.-area fashion industry professionals and enthusiasts.


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: 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 for 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 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.

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