Last week was Indiana Fashion Week! It was a full 5 days that started off with a youth design challenge and ended with the runway shows! I was able to be one of the photographers for 3 of the 5 days and I had a blast!
Most of you probably do not know this but when I was a child I wanted to be a fashion designer! I have a 3 ring binder full of all of my fashion designs and I even was slated to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and had an advisor there when I was just 16. However, around that time was when I started working in the music industry with marketing and I was torn on if I wanted to continue pursuing fashion design or if I wanted to pursue marketing and advertising. Most of you know that I decided on marketing and advertising and went to college for that along with film studies. However, my love of fashion design never left and I minored in theatre so I could take all of the costume design classes! I then went on to work on costumes for the theatre shows at Purdue University, Maples Repertory Theatre, and spent 3 years working for Norwegian Cruise Lines as a wardrobe supervisor for their shows on board their cruise ships. During that time I was still working in the music industry and touring so I was really doing both of my dream careers.
Now my careers have switched again and I'm a full time wedding photographer and love it and wouldn't change it for anything! Being able to document this special time in couple's lives for the last 8 years has been the best! When I found out that Indiana Fashion Week was looking for photographers, I jumped on the chance! It was so much fun being able to combine my love of photography and fashion and for this event! I didn't get to photograph the runway shows since we had a wedding that day but the events I did get to photograph were a blast!
Keep reading to learn more about the events and see some of the images!
The first two days of Indiana Fashion Week was the Youth Design Challenge. 6 young designers were given $20 to go on a shopping spree at Goodwill. They were able to pick items that they would be able to re-design into new outfits. The first day was the shopping day, which I didn't photograph. Day two was the day that they got to design their new outfits and that was the first day I was a photographer. It was so much fun seeing their designs and vision and watching them turn the clothing they found into gorgeous creations!
Each youth designer was assigned a mentor who helped them bring their vision to life and helped them with the sewing machine.