Coronavirus Update: we’re shifting the festival out to August 1-8. Read more here.
Start exploring fashion from concept to launch. Meet fashion leaders speaking about the journey of bringing ideas to life, and then join the DWP Opening Party where we'll come together to kick off a week celebrating design.
Design Week falls in the heart of spring, when flowers and fashion bloom. See the spring looks of Portland designers walk the runway in a special outdoor show and shop for the changing seasons at Unique Markets Portland's pop-up festival.
Strides are being made to make fashion more inclusive and diverse, and it's thanks to the efforts of leading designers. Join the conversation with a panel of designers discussing how to make creative projects more inclusive in a meaningful way. There is also a showcase & market open all week beginning with an opening party, with works made by marginalized artisans from around the world.
Push yourself to explore new boundaries. Minneapolis College of Art and Design + Green Crane Innovation are hosting one of two workshops for sustainable fashion and dig into design’s role in crafting a sustainable future. Style Opal is providing a seminar on how to create success with social media.
Wednesday is packed with a bit of something for everyone. If you're looking to pick up new skills, go to workshops looking at the new frontiers of fashion with 3D printing and sustainable wardrobes. If you need some self-care to break through and become your creative self, attend a workshop to face your fears strategically, or dance the fear away in a sweaty session of Dance Church.
When fashion designers create, they often need to consider "who am I designing for?" OSU Design Network is bringing a panel of speakers to discuss inclusive design to connect personally with a larger audience. Informal/Function is also hosting a panel of speakers to talk about how take up space in a world continually designed to take it away. See Ale O's latest collection designed for a sustainable future.
If you're revolutionary, Friday is for you. Join a series of fireside chats about design created through social enterprise, concluding with a keynote address from Simone Cipriani from the UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative. Faro Fabrics, an anti-colonialist fashion label, is hosting an event presenting the works of three Palestinian designers aiming to preserve heritage and create contemporary discourse through their art. There will also be a chance to see designs from revolutionary designers at PDX Sustainable Market and BLOOM RUNWAY, each with creators that aim to make for a better tomorrow.
Wrap up DWP in fashion design by celebrating Portland Fashion with Portland Fashion Institute, Portland's only fashion design school. PFI is hosting a party in honor of becoming an accredited fashion institution and its 10 year anniversary.