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                                                                  SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6, 2018






hey neighbor!

"It's important to know when we need to stop, reflect, and receive.  In our competitive world, that might be called a waste of time.  I've learned that those times can be the preamble to periods of enormous growth."

                                                                           - Fred Rogers

I am celebrating something very special today (2/19/18).
Fifty years ago, a month shy of my 3rd birthday, the first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired on Public Television. It ran for 31 seasons.

The show and the man became formative influences throughout my childhood and remain important touchstones in my personal life and in my career. Who knows? It could be that years of watching him making a wardobe change at the start of every episode planted the seeds of what would become my career in fashion.

What does this have to do with Boston Fashion Week? I wanted to set the tone for how we will be moving forward with each
opportunity to cultivate and celebrate fashion in all its forms, in and around the city, throughout the rest of the year.

     We will be good neighbors.

     We will honor our inner child.

     We will embrace play as serious learning.

     We will look for the helpers.

     We will appreciate others just as they are.

     And kindness will be the measure of our success.

That being said, I'm happy to announce that

the dates for the 24th annual Boston Fashion Week are:

Sunday, September 30
Saturday, October 6th*


                                                      All my best,
                                                      Jay Calderin
                                                      & Executive Director

*Read more about how to participate
or attend in the FAQ section.

For Mr. Rogers Fans

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a
Mister Rogers Forever Stamp next month, and there is a documentary and a biopic (starring Tom Hanks) in the works.



linda - leading lady, local legend

Boston Fashion Week 2018
is dedicated to

Linda Cole Petrosian
(May 26, 1960 - January 2, 2018)

Boston has lost one of its leading ladies of fashion.

Linda Cole Petrosian was a local legend on the catwalk and a shining star on the pages of the many publications she was featured in over her illustrious career. Her bright smile and joyful spirit filled any room she entered. If you were fortunate enough to know her personally or professionally you understood how much more she had to offer. Her warmth, generosity, and humor define the essence of Linda, and it is those qualities that will live on in each of us that knew her.

Please join us in taking a moment to hold her memory in your heart and hope that her friends and family can take comfort in how many lives were touched by her grace.

#ourgirllinda #lindacole
#leadinglady #locallegend
#boston #bostonfashion
#model #bostonmodel

special event 3/8/18

Navigating Fashion: The New Map
Presented by WBUR 90.9 FM
Boston's NPR News Station

Thursday, March 8, 2018
WBUR arts and culture reporter Maria Garcia will interview Latinx author Jay Calderin, on the power of fashion to craft identity, create opportunity, and build community.

The conversation will be followed by a fashion presentation featuring leading local Latinx designers: Daniela Corte, Graciela Rivas, Lalla Bee, and Nathalia JMag.

Ticket price: $15

Villa Victoria
85 W Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118

Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week, will be signing his latest book,
What They Didn’t Teach You in Fashion School.

#thepoweroffashion #craftingidentity #creatingopportunity #buildingcommunity
#bookevent #whattheydidntteachyouinfashionschool #fashionauthor #booksigning #signedbytheauthor #fashionschool #fashionbook #fashioneducation #boston #fashion #bostonfashion
#latinx #latinxfashion




The 2018 edition of OPEN RUNWAY is scheduled for:

Thursday, May 31st

(rain date: Friday, June 1st)

on The Steps, right next to Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing!

Using the same premise as an open mic night for singers or comedians, OPEN RUNWAY will provide an opportunity for local fashion designers to show their creations directly to the public.

Fashion designers at every stage of their careers (that includes student fashion designers) are invited to participate in this open air fashion show in Downtown Crossing. There is no fee to participate. There is no fee to attend.

Jay Calderin, the Founder and Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week, will serve as host of OPEN RUNWAY.

If you're interested in being one of the designers featured on the OPEN RUNWAY, fill out the online application and reserve your spot.

The form will go live Thursday, May 3, 2018
on the Boston Fashion Week website.



Platform Downtown
, the initiative led by Terri Mahn and Downtown Boston BID has once again come on board as an official BFW community partner and will host the official opening night event on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
As always, the official opening night event will be designed to bring the local industry and the general public together to kick off Boston Fashion Week in style, and in the spirit of community.

Platform Downtown will also be hosting the third annual GlamSlam, a storytelling event that allows local fashion professionals to share significant moments in their careers. We're happy to announce that the most glamorous funny person in Boston, Bethany Van Delft will host this very special evening.

GlamSlam speakers have tugged at our heartstrings, made us laugh, inspired us, and most importantly shown us how meaningful and rewarding the work we do can be. We’re looking forward to another powerful evening of fashion stories.

Photo: Iggy Barskov

making history

Fashion History Is Our Legacy!

Please help fund this important fashion Kickstarter project.


17th to 19th Century:
Reuse, Refashion, Preserve, and Pass On

Massachusetts Historical Society's exhibition and book dedicated to releasing never-before-seen textiles and little known stories from their storage boxes.



looking back

Click on cover above to see the 60 page 17+ digital look book
roduced for BFW by Bay State Banner Design.

watch the 17+

fashion ed: spring 2018
Saturday, May 20 - June 17, 2018

10:15 AM - 12:45 PM

The Art of Fashion Illustration
Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


This course will provide an opportunity to explore different techniques and mediums used to render fashion. Participants will be able to experiment with a variety of fashion illustration styles by visiting the galleries to gain inspiration from the MFA’s collection of art, textiles and fashion.

Some previous drawing experience suggested.
5 sessions.
Occurs every week on Sundays
from May 20th thru June 17th.
Members    $150.00
Nonmembers    $175.00

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 267-9300


Saturday, March 24, 2018

10AM - 12PM

SFD Open House
Presented by School of Fashion Design

Learn more about an education in fashion at the School of Fashion Design. Explore our Newbury Street location. Tour studio work rooms and meet our professional teaching faculty. See demos in sketching, fabric draping, pattern making, and more. The next semester begins June 4th. Days, evening & weekend classes.


School of Fashion Design
136 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116

Open House


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


  — Margaret Mead



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■ about boston fashion week

Boston Fashion Week was founded as a civic initiative in 1995. The force behind the week has been dedicated to creating opportunities that increase the viability and visibility of the local industry. The series of fashion related events throughout Greater Boston and beyond serves as a platform for both established industry professionals and aspiring newcomers to showcase their work as well as network with peers and the public.

This annual celebration of Boston style featuring a great wealth of local talent, is unique in that it is designed to engage the community directly, at the grassroots level - cultivating fashion as an integral part of the Boston lifestyle. This approach has also begun to attract the interest of national and international designers who are looking to connect authentically with a Boston audience.

Accessibility and diversity in programming allow the public to engage the week on many levels; experiencing a show, taking in an exhibit, participating in an educational program, or joining in the festivities at a party.

The week also contributes to a sense of civic pride about what the region has to offer and how it continues to evolve. The public is invited to become active participants in the local fashion community by supporting local style makers during Boston Fashion Week and throughout the rest of the year.




■ f.a.q.
how to participate in BFW18

Any individual or organization that is interested and able to put together a show or special event is invited to do so. There is no fee to be listed on the official schedule. All events that take place during Boston Fashion Week are independently produced by the designers and event planners involved in those particular projects. Those designers/event planners are solely responsible for all aspects of their events including production, promotion, press access and model selection.

In addition to the many independent events taking place throughout the Metro-Boston area and beyond, Boston Fashion Week produces a series of industry and public events/programs designed to tie the week together and increase the visibility of the week as a whole in the press and public eye.

Please note that our online calendar will continue to serve as an umbrella for events scheduled both before and after the official lineup between September 30 thru October 6, 2018. We welcome any fashion related event listings taking place during the Boston fashion season (September thru December 2018).
Start planning now!

The online event submission form will be posted on the Boston Fashion Week website on:


Thursday, May 3, 2018
We ask that designers do not contact Boston Fashion Week regarding participation in group events unless we have posted a specific opportunity on this site, via email or through social media channels.

■ models, stylists, hair/makeup,
photographers, volunteers/interns
media, and press

Access to and involvement in most of the events throughout the week remains completely at the discretion of the designers and event producers involved. We ask that models, stylists, hair/makeup professionals, photographers, and volunteers/interns do not contact Boston Fashion Week regarding participation unless we have posted a specific opportunity on this site, via email or through social media channels.

Each of the BFW18 calendar listings will include contact information for participating designers/businesses/organizations. Media, models, stylists, hair/makeup professionals, photographers, and volunteers/interns may contact participants directly to offer their services.

Media/Press: Any requests for interviews or information about Boston Fashion Week as a whole, may be sent to Please include BFW18 MEDIA INQUIRY in the subject line. Please also be sure to include the specific details of your request in the body of the email. We will do our best to reply to all requests in a timely manner.

If you are a media outlet looking for access to events during BFW18 please see previous paragraph, and note that there will be no all-access passes. Access to most of the events throughout the week remains completely at the discretion of the designers and event producers involved. Please contact designers/event producers directly using contact information provided in listings.
■ how to attend BFW
Due to the volume and diversity of events offered during Boston Fashion Week every year there is no all access ticket available. Each event listing will provide descriptions, basic logistics and links to more detailed information as well as ticketing instructions.

Be sure you've subscribed to the Boston Fashion Week e-list at the top of this page, and follow us via our social media channels! 

If you are a media outlet looking for access to events during BFW18 please see previous paragraph, and note that there will be no all-access passes. Access to most of the events throughout the week remains completely at the discretion of the designers and event producers involved. Please contact designers/event producers directly using contact information provided in listings.

did you know?


Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. BAA provides a diverse student body, a majority who come from low-income families, access to a college-preparatory arts and academic education not otherwise available to them.

Their mission is to prepare a community of aspiring artist-scholars-citizens to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of their communities.

The Boston Arts Academy's innovative arts and academic curriculum now includes Fashion Technology.


Learn more about the BAA:

■ on exhibit

thru 4-1-18

Georgia O'Keeffe:
        Art, Image, Style


Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is the first exhibition to explore the art, image and personal style of one of America’s most iconic artists. O’Keeffe’s understated and carefully designed garments, many never before exhibited, are presented alongside photographs and her paintings, illuminating O’Keeffe’s unified modernist aesthetic and distinctive self-styling.

For more than 70 years, O’Keeffe shaped her public persona, defied labels and carved out a truly progressive, independent life in order to create her art. Her aesthetic legacy — compact masses, organic silhouettes, minimal ornamentation, and restrained color palettes — continues to capture the popular imagination and inspire leading designers and tastemakers of our day.

Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
161 Essex Street

Salem MA 01970

Learn more: