Education at Phoenix Fashion Week

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Our Education Pillar

What makes us different? What we are doing in Phoenix is unlike any other fashion week in the country. We not only create an amazing multi-day Fashion Week event each season, but we are also focused on educating our designers and helping them to create a sustainable business long after they leave the runway.

Emerging Designer Bootcamp: What sets us apart is our 3-month long Emerging Designer Bootcamp that we run leading up to Fashion Week each season. Every January our  Designers & Buyers team travels to 10+ cities across the nation to meet with 300+ designers who are in the early stages of creating their lines and establishing their businesses. From that group, 10-15 Emerging Apparel and Accessory Designers are invited to be a part of our program. For the next 3-months the designers are involved in a challenging “bootcamp” (accelerator) where they strengthen their business skills and continue to develop their fashion brand. We bring in industry experts to teach classes and mentor the designers.

The Business of fashion seminar series: Education is one of our pillars at PHXFW. We are focused on helping designers and fashion businesses succeed in the industry. We have taken the content of our Emerging Designer Bootcamp and broken down many of our lesson topics into smaller seminars that we are offering throughout the year. Our seminars are geared towards building relevant skills and strategies that will improve business at every stage of development. All the seminars are a taught by leaders and experts within the fashion industry. These seminars are great for both students and for educators.

Stay Tuned for the next Phoenix Fashion Week Business of Fashion Seminar Series!


“Best thing that ever happened to me as a fashion designer!” Building your fashion brand? Try it, you will thank me later!- Dorota ZTheo Doro

My advice to all emerging designers out there is to understand your business, to get organized and apply to Phoenix Fashion Week bootcamp! The best organized Fashion Week I’ve ever been a part of. Not only do you get the exposure from participating, but the PHXFW team guides you, and helps you build your business.It’s a win-win when you’re lucky enough to be selected to be part of this amazing program. Neide HallCharmosa Swimwear & 3X Sports Illustrated Swimsuit designer!

“I signed up for the Emerging Designer Bootcamp to get the marketing side of my brand established. I am amazed with all that we accomplished in four months!   Press releases, news segments, interviews, photoshoots, and tons of nuts and bolts on the marketing side of fashion. Bootcamp has allowed my brand to grow in directions that I only ever thought of, but never put into practice.  PHXFW equipped my business with the tools that any business in fashion needs to get off the ground.  I am forever grateful for the tools, seminars and the whole production put on by the PHXFW team!!   Teresa WangiaBeltshazzar Jewels

“I want to thank you for the educational programs that you have had. I cannot say enough about how much these programs have helped me as a start-up business owner. If I am able to be successful, it will be due in no small part to you and your work with Phoenix Fashion Week. Thank you.” C. Wilcox | Resa Royale

“You’re never too young or old to learn that education is the key to success. Phoenix Fashion Week is dedicated to the continuing education and mentoring of students with an eye on a career in the fashion industry, as well as industry professionals who wish to enhance their business acumen.” Liz Riley | Director of Education

“Just the idea of being able to take my students to a REAL fashion week and being able to bring to life, the things that I teach in class is very exciting! My fashion students have raised funds by selling water and root beer floats, just to go to Phoenix Fashion Week!” Deb Strother | Fashion Teacher | Lake Havasu High School

“The workshops through Phoenix Fashion Week were helpful in the process to even get the idea to showcase a clothing label in the runway show. Very knowledgeable and industry accredited speakers at the workshops educated myself on a number of different topics that I use everyday in the Living Dreams brand.” Michael | Living Dreams

“The PHXFW Workshops were a can’t-miss opportunity for learning and improving our business skills, as well as networking. In fact, we met a boutique owner at one of the workshops who picked up our line! It’s an invaluable resource for Emerging Designers – why wouldn’t you take full advantage of it?!” Roshena Chadha | Shawl Dawls