Indiana Fashion Week brings haute couture to Indianapolis

Join some of Indiana’s most exciting up-and-coming fashion designers for a week of runway shows, empowering youth activities, and a seminar on the future of fashion.

Models in designer clothing on Monument Circle

Don’t miss the giveaways at this event.

Photo by Jasmine Norris Photography

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Indiana Fashion Week is rolling out the red carpet on Monday, Aug. 21, with runway shows, youth opportunities + a full schedule of events. Let’s ad-dress everything you need to know about the week.

What is it?

Indiana Fashion Week is now a convention-style gathering that brings together hundreds of style enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all over Indiana — but it started with only 30 participants, six audience members, and a budget of $250.

Indiana Fashion Week was created in 2019 by Denisha Ferguson, CEO of Indiana Fashion Foundation. It’s quickly grown into an annual event that provides education and exhibit opportunities to grow the state’s fashion industry. The week received even more attention with a feature in Forbes in 2021, in which Council of Fashion Designers of America CEO + Hoosier Steven Kolb discussed Indy’s potential as the next big fashion capital.

Models on an indoor runway

Wear your most stylish evening wear to the Runway Shows. | Photo via Jasmine Norris Photography

How can I participate?

Whether you’re interested in creating your own clothing or simply like to watch as designers do their thing, there’s something for you next week. Don’t be fashionably late to these upcoming events:

Runway Show at the Fashion Mall| Wednesday, Aug. 23 | 6-8 p.m. | The Fashion Mall at Keystone, 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis | Free | Witness an unforgettable showcase of cutting-edge designs and trend-setting styles in the heart of Indianapolis.

BE ME | Thursday, Aug. 24 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Selfie WRLD, 8401 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Sponsored by Girl Coalition of Indiana, this event encourages girls of all ages to celebrate their inner beauty and learn about careers in writing, film, photography, design, beauty, and more.

GenAI INpacts Fashion | Thursday, Aug. 24 | 6-7 p.m. | Free | Step into the world of fashion innovation with this virtual seminar exploring the fascinating realm of generative AI and its transformative impact on the fashion industry.

Fashion IN Transit: The Runway Show | Friday, Aug. 25 | 6–7:30 p.m. | IndyGo Carson Transit Center, 201 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | $50-$100 | Free tickets have all been claimed, but you can still join the audience at the Indiana Fashion Week Finale Show with a VIP pass. Guests are encouraged to wear purple attire.

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