Each year, after September’s frenzy of fashion shows hits New York, London, Paris and Milan, Boston’s designers prove their merit with our very own Boston Fashion Week. Design runs deep in Boston, from its mill town origins to its position as a sneaker city with Reebok, Adidas, Converse, and New Balance all headquartered in the area. And top design schools like MassArt and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts continually churn out talented designers and artists. That means that though New York is the fashion capital of the US, Boston’s scene has been bubbling under the radar.
Boston couturiers are no stranger to the limelight. The late Alfred Fiandaca dressed everyone from Nancy Reagan to Audrey Hepburn, and Cambridge-based Erin Robertson shot to fame when she won Project Runway in 2016, and shoe designer Sarah Flint counts Blake Lively as a client.
In 1995, Jay Calderin, a professor at Boston’s School of Fashion Design, launched the city’s own fashion week as a way to give local designers like Luke Aaron and Daniela Corte a platform to showcase their work. Running this year from October 1-7, you won’t want to miss the designs from emerging talent at this year’s 23rd annual Boston Fashion Week. Attendees can sit front row at fashion shows with local models strutting down the runway, see fashion related art exhibits, take in educational programs, and end the evening at parties hosted throughout the city. In the past, MIT, the French Cultural Center, and Fashion Group International of Boston have hosted panels and parties. This year for Boston Fashion Week, The 17, a group of 17 emerging designers in Boston chosen by leading fashion professionals in the city, will be introduced to attendees at the opening party for Boston Fashion Week on October 1 at Platform Downtown. The space, organized by Terri Mahn and Downtown Boston BID, will also be hosting Glam Slam, an intimate event that allows local fashion designers to discuss their process and the evolution of their work.