COMMITTEES | Fashion Show


Approach 2 – Outsource to a Local Boutique(s)

To see what our fun and fabulous shows look like, click here.

The Fashion Chair takes on more responsibility with this approach than with Approach 1.

Much of what we discuss in Approach 1 is applicable here. You’ll have more flexibility but also more responsibility. So that your boutiques understand what you expect, ensure they read all of the fashion show How To sections: Music and Choreography, Styling, Models, Staging and Sound. Also show them the Fashion videos and photos.

We’ve done several events where there has been a total disconnect the day of the show, and by that time, it’s too late.

Here are things to get clear on:

Can a single store manage 40–50 looks alone?

If you need more than one store, how does each feel about partnering with another store?  Can they cooperate and collaborate?

What about bringing in men’s clothing for the few men in the show? Do they have access to men’s clothes or does the committee need to find the right store?

What are the needs and how do you handle the production aspects, such as:

Staging and Sound? For more information on Staging, click here.

Hair and Make-up – are there contacts the owner would prefer? You’ll likely need to bring this in from a local salon and manage it all yourself.

Choreography (we ended up choreographing an entire show a few hours before the event because it wasn’t communicated to the boutique owner that she needed to do this). If the boutique doesn’t manage choreography, who will? For more information on Music and Choreography, click here.

Is their music right? Run it by us. Music is very important. It must be fun and upbeat. No slow songs. We have pre-recorded mixes you can use that go to 28 minutes in length. For a sample playlist, click here. For more on Music and Choreography, click here.

When and where will they fit and style the models? For more on Models, click here.

How much help will they need backstage? Collaborate with your Volunteers Chair.

How do you ensure that no clothes will be damaged?

Will they sell the clothing at the event? Is so, when and how will this happen?

Finally, make sure the show they're planning is really fun, but still sophisticated. (No goofy hats, please.)