Apply for the INDFW Emerging Designer Competition

INDFW Emerging Designer Competition

We are excited to announce that application for the Indiana Fashion Week 2019 Emerging Designer Competition is now open.

Emerging designers this is your opportunity to showcase designs and win prizes to further career.

The INDFW Emerging Designer Competition was designed to provide educational, ​entertainment, and exhibition opportunities for emerging designers both in-state and nationally. Semifinalists chosen to showcase during the Indiana Fashion Week 2019 will have will have access to:

Opportunities in Indiana & global fashion industry
Mentoring & critiques by international fashion industry experts
Recognition on local and national media outlets
Professional-quality runway show production
Professional portfolio building opportunities
Business planning and implementation training

The application will close on March 19, 2019 11:59pm (EST); interested applicants are encouraged to visit for more information.

Making it IN Fashion with Elliot Carlyle

Making it IN Fashion with Elliot Carlyle

New York-based Industry Speaker, Consultant, Coach and author of The Influence Workbook, Elliot Carlyle, will be in Indiana in March 22, 2019!

“Where do I start?”

“I’m Stuck! How do I get unstuck?”

“What does it REALLY take to make it in fashion?”

“What is it like to work with fashion industry leaders?”

“How can I stay motivated?”

If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, this event is for you!

Elliot Carlyle, who navigated his way from a rural Florida town to working with the likes of Gladys Knight and New York Fashion Week creator, Fern Mallis, will be interviewed on the topic, “Gaining Influence in the Industry.” In this interview, he will give the audience insight on how he got started and gained influence within the fashion industry. As well, he will share keys, tips, and wisdom that fashion creatives and professionals can apply while establishing themselves in the global fashion industry.

Seating is VERY limited!!!

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Making it IN Fashion with Denisha Dlang Ferguson

Making it IN Fashion with Dlang Ferguson

The 2nd installment of the Making It IN Fashion series presented by the Indiana Fashion Foundation.

Join us via Facebook Live on, February 27, 2019 @ 7:30pm(EST) as Brand Manager, Mich Weston, interviews INDFW Executive Director, Denisha “Dlang” Ferguson. They will discuss the topic, “Not Another Fashion Week,” in which they will discuss the why, what, and how of Indiana Fashion Week.

Fern Mallis to be Honored at the Inaugural Indiana Fashion Week

INDFW Welcomes Fern Mallis

“Indiana Fashion Week Welcomes the Godmother of Fashion to Help Bring Industry to Indiana”

Indianapolis, IN (February 21, 2019) Fern Mallis, host of the much heralded Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, former Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, and Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) when she created New York Fashion Week, will be honored with the first-ever INDFW Legendary Trailblazers of Fashion Award during the inaugural Indiana Fashion Week (INDFW). Mallis is being honored for her work to “organize, centralize, and modernize” the American fashion industry.

Presented by the Indiana Fashion Foundation, INDFW is scheduled to take place June 18 – 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. Founded by Indiana-based fashion designer, Denisha “Dlang” Ferguson, INDFW was created to provide educational, entertainment, and exhibition opportunities for individuals and organizations that make up the fashion ecosystem of Indiana. The week’s events include the INDFW Youth Designer Challenge (in partnership with Goodwill Industries), a press preview party, the Making it IN Fashion Industry Day Conference, as well as runway shows featuring the INDFW Emerging Designer Competition. In addition to being honored, Mallis will be a featured guest during the industry day conference and will serve as the head judge for the emerging designer competition.

“I learned about Fern Mallis when I was 15 years old,” says INDFW creator, Denisha “Dlang” Ferguson. She continues, “I was producing fashion shows and really didn’t have a mentor. Then, I learned about how Fern Mallis was a huge catalyst for the elevation of the American fashion industry and she instantly became a major motivation for me. So, with the launch of Indiana Fashion Week this year, I HAD TO have her here and had to honor her because she’s been such a major influence in my life and because her work inspires my efforts to centralize the industry here in Indiana. She’s coming! I’m so excited!”

Mallis says, “I’m really looking forward to attending the inaugural INDFW. I’m flattered that Denisha has been such a fan of mine for so many years. I’m also looking forward to seeing the talent coming out of this region as famous designers Bill Blass, Halston, Stephen Sprouse and Norman Norell all hail from Indiana.”

For more information about INDFW, visit


About Fern Mallis
The award-winning creator and organizer of Fashion Week in New York and cities across the globe, Fern Mallis has been an industry game changer in the world of fashion and design for more than 35 years. A former senior vice president of IMG Fashion and executive director of CFDA, she is the author of Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, published by Rizzoli, which features no-holds-barred interviews, combined with never-before-seen personal photographs from interviewees such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Polly Mellen, Bruce Weber and more. Her live one-on-one interviews have included Valentino, Vera Bradley, Rosita & Angela Missoni, Iman, Alexander Wang, Russell Westbrook, Thom Browne, and Iris Apfel among others. She is currently the president of her own leading international fashion and design consultancy, Fern Mallis LLC.


About Indiana Fashion Foundation
The Indiana Fashion Foundation (IFF) is an organization dedicated to uniting fashion professionals from across Indiana in an effort to mobilize the fashion industry in the state. Focusing specifically on positively impacting economic and environmental sustainability, IFF endeavors to INvoke industry leaders, INspire all, INvest in emerging talent, foster INnovation in the areas of thought & design, and to establish INdustry by creating opportunities for growth and stability in fashion statewide while being a bridge to connect globally.


APPEARANCE: The Self Concealed/Revealed Art Exhibition & Red Carpet Runway Event


The 10th West Gallery invites adults over 21 for our ONE night only event of visual arts and performance acts at APPEARANCE: The Self Concealed/Revealed Art Exhibition & Red Carpet Runway Event.

Come experience appearance-centric works by Jodie Bailey, John Ross, Eli Hart, Laura LaForge and other artists. Fashionista Jody DeFord will introduce Appearance Runway, featuring Bailey’s sculptural headdresses modeled by local tattoo and body art collectors.

The Gallery will also feature a silent auction of designer handbags and shoes from Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, and others, artistically embellished by local Indianapolis artists, with an after party to follow. Adorn your SELF and make an APPEARANCE at 10th West Gallery.

Making it IN Fashion with Mercedes Gonzalez

Making it IN Fashion with Mercedes Gonzalez

We are dedicated to bringing industry to Indiana and providing opportunities for education and information that will supercharge the careers of Indiana fashion professionals. This is the purpose of “Making it IN Fashion.”

Join Indiana Fashion Week creator, Denisha Dlang Ferguson, on Facebook Live on Wednesday, January 30th at 7:30pm as she interviews International Fashion Strategist & author, Mercedes Gonzales for the first edition of the “Making it IN Fashion” series.

This interview will cover Mercedes’ book, “Chronicles of a Fashion Buyer,” and she will share insights, strategy, advice, and tips from her tenure in the fashion industry.