DC Fashion Week (DCFW) is right around the corner. The week-long event will take place from February 22-25, 2018 at various locations around the DC area. DCFW is designed to showcase local designers and embrace the fashion-industry of our nation's Capitol. From exotic and culturally-rich pieces to basic yet classic staples, there is something for everyone!
This past Sunday I had the privilege of attending casting calls for the models that will walk the runway in the 28th DC Fashion Week. About a month ago I was contacted by the publicist at DCFW asking if I would be interested in covering the events as a DC-based blogger/influencer. It took little consideration to jump on the opportunity and confirm my excitement to get on board.
When I first arrived at casting-calls I'll admit I was a bit overwhelmed. I got there as check-in was full swing so my arrival was greeted by a line of over 200 beautiful men and women dressed in all black. Seeing as I have never attended a model audition I was unaware of the all-black rule, but these models were fully aware and were rockin' their monotone look!
At that point I met up with Maria, the publicist from DC Fashion Week to go over the itinerary for the day. There were 217 models there to audition and we would not be done until each model had walked the runway and the final list of models for DCFW was complete. We grabbed seats right at the end of the runway (imagine where the judges sit) to observe the models. We were joined by the Executive Director of DCFW, Ean Williams, a handful of the designers that will be showcased this year, and a few other staff members and former DCFW models. All of these great minds collaborated to ensure each and every model was properly evaluated.
One thing I valued most about the casting-call process was that it was truly both an audition and a learning experience. I mentioned that these models were diverse in their appearances, but they were also diverse in their experience-levels. Because of that, if a model was having trouble with a certain aspect of the audition, Ean and the designers provided feedback and advice, and had them walk again. Quite a few of the individuals that received this feedback were selected to model and will now have the opportunity of a lifetime because DCFW provided it.
By the time auditions wrapped up there were still well over 100 models that were selected to model in DC Fashion Week. The talent that was selected is simply unsurpassable. Men and women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and backgrounds will dawn DC-designer clothing, walk the runway, and truly embody what this city is all about.
This representation of DC-culture is definitely my biggest takeaway as I begin to participate in the DCFW events. As a DC-based lifestyle blogger I tend to examine the city culture a bit more closely than others. What I notice is that DC is extremely culturally rich. Around every corner you find people from all around the country and all around the world. From a person that was raised on a farm in Oklahoma to a person that grew up in a business family in Shanghai, you will constantly meet people that can teach you something and that exemplify the diversity of our nation.
DC Fashion Week takes this diverse culture and expresses it through fashion. Not very many people think of DC and think 'fashion,' but really fashion is an art. Fashion is a way of expressing oneself through the way they dress and the way they present themselves to others. DC may not be the fashion capitol of the world, but it is our Capitol. It's a city that represents all of the ideas and values of our country. And based on that, I can't imagine a better city than DC to participate in this art-form, express it's culture, and show, through fashion, the amazingly rich culture of our nation.