October 03 2022
Indiana Fashion Week is rolling out the red carpet in six days, with runway shows, youth opportunities + a full schedule of events. We’re a-dressing everything you need to know about the week of Mon., July 25-Sat., July 30 in today’s newsletter.
What is it?
It’s now a convention-style gathering that brings together hundreds of style enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and professionals from all over Indiana, but it started with only 30 participants, six audience members + a budget of $250. Indiana Fashion Week was created in 2019 by Denisha Ferguson — CEO of Indiana Fashion Foundation. It’s quickly grown into an annual event that provides education and exhibit opportunities to grow the state’s fashion industry.
The week was featured in Forbes last year when Council of Fashion Designers of America CEO + Hoosier Steven Kolb discussed Indy’s potential as the next big fashion capital. He also talked about the youth program as a key component of the week. During the Youth Designer Challenge, kids ages 11-17 will have $30 and 45 minutes to find materials at a Salvation Army to transform into their own designs. It’s a two-day event that culminates in a finale show on Saturday.
Who are the designers?
There are several notable designers participating this year, including wife + husband maker duo WaZeil & UaZit of WAZUAZ by STALPH. Here’s what they had to say about the collection they're showcasing next week:
“Our mission as designers is to offer Hoosiers a peek inside the extraordinary world of plant-based, botanically dyed apparel. We create apparel using fibers and materials from the earth, so they can ultimately be returned to the earth without harm.”
Don’t be surprised if you see hole-punched dried red onion skins as part of a polka dot design on their fabrics and other unprecedented ways of using dye techniques.
Plus, Heirloom Textile creator Peggy Latta — who has decades of experience in bridal + couture home decor experience — will also display work from her textile hARvesT label. Not only does she have her restyle label, she also is known for making 11” replicas of gowns and have been commissioned by clients all over the world.
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Tangled Trivia Night | Tues., July 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Books & Brews - South Indy, 3808 Shelby St. | Free | Enjoy Tangled trivia + tacos this Tuesday with a chance to win gift cards. 👑
Norah Jones | Tues., July 19 | 8 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River, 801 W. Washington St. | $35+ | Singer, songwriter, and pianist Norah Jones will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her top album “Come Away with Me.” 🎶
- Garfield Park Biergarten | Thurs., July 21 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Dr. | Free | Enjoy a tenderloin + listen to live music at this summer series in the Sunken Garden. 🍻
Broad Ripple “Summer Porch Party” Monthly Meetup | Thurs., July 21 | 5-8 p.m. | 6520 E. Westfield Blvd. | Free | Come out and enjoy live music, food vendors, beer + wine.
We have a monthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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A downtown street is now closed until mid-September for more North Split bridge reconstruction. 10th Street will be closed between Bellefontaine Street + Dorman/Mass Ave. and traffic will be detoured to 16th Street. 🚧 (FOX59)
A new visual effects company is launching in Indy — created by a group of high-profile Hoosier filmmakers like Josh Boone, who directed “The Fault in Our Stars” + Josh Trank, whose credits include “Capone.” It’s possible that actors may start traveling to Indy to work with the company, so keep your eyes peeled, Hoosiers. 🎞️ (IBJ)
Pacers Sports & Entertainment will be hosting two job fairs this week for its “Team Behind Our Team.” You can head to the Perry Township Trustee Office for job opportunities on Wed., July 20 from 4:30-7 p.m. or Flanner House at the same time on Thurs., July 21. Can’t make it this week? There will be two more next week. 💼
In the last year, the cost of food has increased 10% nationwide, but there’s a free app to help Hoosiers find food assistance across the state. Indy Hunger Network’s Community Compass app shows WIC + SNAP retailers, places with free meals and groceries, and provides self-screening for the state’s food assistance programs. 🍽️ (WRTV)
Central Library is hosting a free contemporary and classic movie series in the Clowes Auditorium Theater for Hoosiers ages 17+. The next event of the Indy Cinema Series will screen “The Man Who Would Be King” on Tues., Aug. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Check out the calendar for more dates. 🎥
Worldwide travel guide Lonely Planet compiled a list of Indy’s best museums, “from history and art to dinosaurs.” It includes the Indiana Historical Society, the Eiteljorg + the Children’s Museum and highlights Indy’s efforts to be “more than a crossroads in a cornfield.” See what its faves are.
DYK that one of the top selling kitchen products from this year’s Amazon Prime Day was the Ultrean Air Fryer? Reviews mention chicken wings, pork chops, and chicken nuggets (yum). Bonus: It’s still on sale.*
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We’ll take one of everything from these little vendors. Did you know the Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market hosts Kids Days? This is when young entrepreneurs (like Noah of Noah’s Creations pictured above) have an opportunity to sell their own products, just like the grown-ups.
If you know a child with a business mind, sign up for the Kids Day on Sat., Aug. 13 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Editor's pick: Does Fashion Week have you inspired to start designing your own pieces? StitchWorks offers classes for just that, including an intro to industrial sewing + basic construction. After you get a little experience, you can join its Open Lab and practice your skills with a StitchWorks instructor.🧵
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