Fashion Show

Alright boys, I’m turning to you for advise. I’ve spent a lot of time on this and would be grateful for your time reading this and hopefully responding. I’m in the process of putting together a community fashion and art show for the Spring of ‘07. I’m giving myself just over a year so I can spend the next two months to finish writing the proposal, finding resources and materials, locating potential venues, talking with interested artist, crafters, and models, and taking classes. And a year to create outfits and art. I’m an advanced knitter, novice seamster and needle worker, and just learning crocheting. I also make buttons, beads, jewelry, and other accessories. So, I have thousands of questions ranging from fashion show management and development to helpful books or web sites on clothing construction to opinion about materials and patterns, and any comments or tips are greatly appreciated.


So, to give a brief overview and theme of the show, here’s what I have in mind; the focus being community art and fashion with an environmentally friendly twist. I want to use recycled, organic, and easily renewable materials as the main focus. Also having groups of people designing and producing garments and accessories. I’d like the show hall to be intimate but large enough to have an art gallery, tables for dining and viewing, and of course a stage and runway, all in the same space. The way I see the night of the show running is opening with the art gallery, showcasing paintings, sculptures, photography, tapestries, etc. while people mingle, then an elegant vegan dinner served right before the fashion show (featuring models of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, colors, etc.), and ending with a Q and A. Sounds extensive and pricey, huh? But I think it’s very doable and I’m not concerned with price. Everyone I’ve spoken with is willing to volunteer their time and after ticket sales I’ll be able to reimburse most costs. Also, the artists can choose to sell there work. I am looking into fundraising for the cost of the space but other than that have my bases covered.


So, some of my question being:

Have any of you been involved with an art show and/or fashion show?

What resources (e.g. books, websites, videos, etc.) would you recommend for; sewing, clothing alteration, clothing construction, beading, wirework, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.?

Are knitting machines worth it or a waste of time and money?

What materials and tools have you enjoyed using?

What kind of looks would you like to see on the runway? (e.g. freestyle blue and black quilted skirts)

Does this sound like something you would want to see?

Is anyone willing to participate? The show is in southern Arizona but artist everywhere are welcome.


Feel free to elaborate on any of these questions. Thanks for your time.

JPaul's picture

Wow, this sounds incredible.  I wish I had more advice to offer.  I can tell you how I feel about knitting machines...all depends on what you want them to do.  They are expensive, but you can often find a good deal on Craigslist or eBay.  I'd like to have one, but just haven't gotten around to it, yet.  I don't see it as a replacement for my handknitting, but it's another tool that definitely has a place.  I think it would only be a waste of money if you never used it.

I think these types of events often get design that leans more torward the artistic than the fashionable, which is great and I love to see stuff like that, but I'd also like to see realistic, wearable eco-design.  I don't mean plain and simple, but how many places can you wear a dress made out of garbage bags, you know?

Keep us posted, will you?  And good luck!

I wonder if you can get the knit:1 centerfold! that would be a crowd puller!

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Cosmo's picture

I'll defiantly keep everyone up-to-date of the process on my blog and post sketches and photos.

Would you want local colleges involved? Designers, models, photography..........

Tell the local media what you are planning, tv stations, newspapers, tourist board.......

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

trucker945's picture


I'm straight, and I knit for myself, and my interests in knitting lean toward the Aran knits... one color, designed with knit and purl stitches, tweedy fabrics, mostly wools and cottons. Too many designs for men these days go for the pastels and rainbow-brights. No wonder there is a thing called the 'boy-friend sweater curse'. Women have been doing it for centuries.


I don't want to be Barry Manilow, or a 'cute' version of anything you have in mind for me... I have my own sense of style. You might think that my style is 'cave-man' or 'out-of-touch'... but it is ME. It's not MY problem, it's YOURS... Get over it.

If you're gonna do a fashion show of men's styles, do ALL of us a favor and do it right. We're not all built the same, and we're not all gay. Show men as men, not a bunch of super-slim Italian show-pony prancers. That kind of crap makes me wanna puke.

I make a lot of things myself, not just knits. I make my own knitting needles and crochet hooks, I make knives, fishing lures, fishing nets, tools (when I need them and can't afford to buy them), shoes, boots, web-sites, graphics, and trouble. LOL

Sometimes, I even make myself useful.

My opinions are mine alone, not those of this web-site or anyone else unless they agree with me.


you started your letter with "boys"... did you see us swimming when it was cold? LOL


did I mention I'm a cheap S.O.B.

ulf's picture

It sounds very exiting and would be nice to visit...but I live in Sweden and too far away. Knittingmachines are quick but take a long time to learn. Specially if you want to use full capasity of the machine. If you haven't used knittingmachines before one year is a little short to be really good at it in my experiance. If time is to be spent economical it's maybe better to handknit as usual. However, if the cloths are for sale machinknitting makes it even and the yarn is neither too tight or too loose and it looks more professional. Good luck!

trucker945's picture

Okay Cosmo,

I responded to your note in my inbox... now for the public record,

I don't care that you're gay, I wouldn't care if you were orange. That's your thing, not mine, but it doesn't stop me from liking you anyway, or from liking anybody else here. I think the show is a great idea, and I wish you the best. I was just trying to make the point about not painting us all (men) with the rainbow pride brush.

Read my comments again... I thought I was writing good-naturedly. As in "Sometimes I even make myself useful."

And the little jab about calling us boys... that's an old joke, Just think about what happens when you go swimming in the cold. HELLO??? Something shrink???


did I mention I'm a cheap S.O.B.

Cosmo's picture

You so crazy, Keith.  I know you're joking. :D