Plan A Fashion Show

You don’t need a supermodel to pull off a fabulous fashion show.

A fashion show, whether for a charity event, a child’s slumber party or an adult gathering, is a thrilling affair that appeals to the fashionista in everyone. However, it’s an undertaking that will require coordination and proper preparation. But with proper planning, you can put together a fashion show that will have everyone in the audience rethinking the clothes in their own closets. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Select a location for your event. If you’re hosting the fashion show for charity, call upon local businesses to donate an area to hold the show. Check the potential location for an appropriate area for a runway setup and an area for the models to congregate and get ready for the show. A runway can be as elaborate as a fully built dais or as simple as a hallway in your home.

2. Decide what types of clothing you will feature and whether you will be focusing on a specific designer, season or even age group. If you’re hosting a charity event, contact local retailers and explain the purpose of your event. They will often donate clothes to be worn in the show in exchange for some form of advertising for their establishment. If you’re hosting a home fashion show, the clothes could be as simple as things chosen from the closet or favorites that guests bring with them. Don’t forget to include coordinating shoes and accessories for each of your ensembles.

3. Cast models for the fashion show. Remember to choose models that your audience will identify with. If your show is geared toward a group of stay-at-home moms, the show should be chock full of models of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. If you’re having a fashion show at your home with a group of friends, let attendees live out their “Project Runway” fantasies and serve as models.

4. Select someone to act as an emcee for the show. Ensure the emcee has informational cards regarding the clothes that the models will be wearing, so that correct information regarding the garments can be conveyed to the audience. Include information such as the designer’s name, colors available and style of the garment.

5. Ask other key personnel to participate in the show. You’ll need hairstylists, makeup artists and backstage personnel to pull off a large event, while a home event requires nothing more than a group of friends looking to have a good time.

6. Market your event, if appropriate. If you’re raising money for charity, you’ll want to entice as many people as possible to attend. Create a slogan or theme, and create fliers describing your fashion show and where the money will be going. Hang them in store windows and create a website for maximum coverage. Enlist the help of ticket sellers in different areas for maximum sales potential.

7. Let the local paper know about the event; they will often send someone to cover the story or interview you about the show. This is great publicity for the show, so be sure to hype it as much as possible.