Wardrobe, casting, location, budget wrangling, problem solving, solution sourcing, research, networking, calling in the right favors at the right time… need a horse, or use of an entire farm? A mansion? A motorcycle? Whatever it takes to get a project completed, I can probably arrange it.
A fashion show may seem outwardly simple—it should absolutely appear effortless—but if you've ever seen the back of one, you know what a massive endeavor they are. Tons of models, hair and makeup stylists, designers with divergent creative visions, high profile sponsors (like, say, Vitaminwater), venues, contact sheets, permits, security, staging, choreography, diplomacy in the face of drama—running a fashion show is producing bootcamp. And, if you're going to pull off one of any quality, its participants have to trust you to make it all run smoothly. I've done roughly a million of them, from large-scale to mellow, and usually on a shoestring. I created the first annual Open Season fashion show back in 2005 and produced it through 2015, either as one big to-do or as a series of three to four mini-shows. I've also done four years of producing and consulting for Ace Hotel Portland's Content art/fashion show; made sure the Fashion's Night Out debut of Pendleton's Portland Collection went off without a hitch; and helped create and produce the underground Last Splash avant-garde pool party/wearable art show. Some of the talent I've showcased includes (but is certainly not limited to): Leanne Marshall, Liza Rietz, Portland Garment Factory, REIFHaus, Adam Arnold, Crazy Wind, Kate Towers, Holly Stalder, Altar, Brady Lange, Kiriko Made, ARA, Michelle Lesniak, WWJJD, John Blasioli, Tanner Goods, Church + State…