Fashion & Apparel

Your curated guide to festival events related to the fashion and apparel industries. Explore the city while experiencing fashion shows, learn from industry experts about history, technology, social and environmental issues, and walk away from workshops with your handmade goods.


Event: Finance, Fashion and Feminism


Delve into the process of non-toxic indigo dye with Rio Wrenn. Indigo Vat Basics will provide a hands on demonstration where you'll learn the process from start to finish, while creating fabric samples. Join the 811 Collective, converting their shops and spaces into a multi-room fashion installation and runway show for one night only.

April 7, 2019 / 10:00am1:00pm/ Festival Event
April 7, 2019 / 4:00pm5:00pm/ Festival Event


For shoe enthusiasts, you'll have your pick of two hands on events by the University of Oregon. In a three hour workshop with the Sports Product Management Program, you'll learn about the creation of a last pattern, the first step in making properly fitted, functioning shoes. Or, you can join Product Design faculty to learn how to draw athletic shoes like a pro footwear designer.


Customize a t-shirt and print it on site while you explore adidas MakerLab, an open source creator space filled with innovative tools and technology. Then, explore the future of apparel design and technology with an exhibit, panel discussion and networking event, which will include interdisciplinary panelists in fashion, wearable tech, innovation and sustainability.

April 9, 2019 / 2:00pm4:00pm/ Festival Event


Pick from several options, including a one-hour taping of the OPB show/podcast, State of Wonder, which will focus on the appropriation of Native and Native-influenced imagery in apparel, graphic design, product design, and elsewhere. Or, join Sarah Donofrio, designer of "One Imaginary Girl", as she brings her latest collection to the Hoxton for her first solo runway presentation. To focus your evening on environmental sustainability, join a panel discussion on creating a circular fashion system, whereby resources are kept in use for as long as possible.


Event: Textiles in the Marketplace, Panel Discussion + Textile PopUp


Learn the basics of leather working while designing your own clutch or wallet, in a class hosted by WildCraft Studio School at adidas Maker Lab. Then make your way to The Hoxton, for a combination textile marketplace, silent auction, and panel discussion, which will focus on the various ways textile artists can bring their work to the marketplace.


For an action packed evening, attend a moto-themed performance-art based fashion show that brings together apparel and accessory design with a passion for timeless Italian scooters and the culture surrounding them. If you'd like to learn to extend the life of your clothing and express yourself through stitching, Express Yourself is part embroidery workshop / clothing swap. Or you can take a trip down memory lane as women’s fashion throughout the decades is showcased, juxtaposed with the ugly reality of what women could and couldn’t do financially during that time period.

April 12, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event


To cap off the week, choose your sport, then visually and materially design a t-shirt with an extra-special function in a product design workshop by the University of Oregon.

To plan your festival experience or learn about additional fashion offerings, visit the full event schedule or open house listings.