A Brief History of Portland Fashion Week

Portland Fashion Week was born in 2002 when about 2 dozen like minded Indie Fashion and Accessories Designers formed "The Portland Fashion Incubator",  one of only 5 such Fashion Incubators at that time in the world.  With Stella Farina as the very first Portland Fashion Week Executive Director. The very first PFW took place in March 2002 from The Portland Art Museum and drew a sold out crowd of about 900 for the finale. 

The following year Portland Fashion Week 2003 was held from Pioneer Courthouse Square over 5 days with the Friday Night Finale happening again at The Portland Art Museum.  Subsequent PFW's have taken place from the 44th floor of the Unicorp Building, Swan Island Ship Yards, The Portland Convention Center, Veteran's Memorial Coliseum and the NW Industrial District to name a few locales. 

Since the beginning PFW has showcased as many Project Runway Winners as LA and NYC combined, been lauded by such periodicals as TIME Magazine, Vogue, The Huffington Post and Book Moda, brought eco-chic and sustainable apparel to the fore, planted nearly 10,000 trees to offset our carbon footprints, showcased thousands of designers and models, raised tens of tons of clothing and food for the region's needy and contributed over $20,000,000.00 to our local economy.  Making us not only the 3rd oldest Fashion Week in the USA, but fashion leaders in so many aspects. 

As the vanguard for ''Green Fashion'',  and the most sustainable, kind and caring Fashion Week in the world, we are honored to hold such titles and continually strive to accomplish more.  

Designer Participation 

Interested designers are encouraged to apply beginning Friday Jan. 5, 2018.

We will reply with a PFW 2018 Designer Participation Kit including a FAQ, Code of Conduct, NDA, Contract, and Sanctioned Graphic Artwork.  Selected designers will be notified with further details in approx. 2 weeks time from of receiving your information.

Subsequent PFW 2018 Designer Participation emails will contain further specifics as well as Model Team PDFs with all of their statistical information,  invites to private industry parties, fitting schedules and photoshoots. 

Each Participating PFW 2018 Designer is judged on numerous criteria and selected by a panel with over 100 years cumulative experience in the apparel, fashion and design industries. 

Each Participating PFW 2018 Designer will be allowed to showcase a single 10 or 20 piece collection per night.

Portland Fashion Week is  is scheduled over 5 days with 4 different nightly showcases featuring specific looks.

Those nights and showcases being:


Wednesday Oct. 10 "Opening Night",

ALL Designers will be showcasing select pieces from their collections to Press and Industry Insiders in this private invite only event.


Thursdays Oct. 11 "Sustainable Apparel" Night


Friday Oct. 12 "Ready to Wear" Night


Saturday Oct. 13 "Couture and Bridal" Night


Sunday Oct. 14 "Accessories/Hair and Make-Up" Night


PFW LLC provides all Producers, models, professional stylists, styling products, dressers, back stage personnel, promotional material, venue, production values, music, DJ, MC, Hosts, on-site meals, and can help with organizing travel,  lodging and related. Thus creating a complete, worry free, and fun Turn-Key Event for our participating designers. 


Our Contact Information

Please contact us at  Tod@PortlandFashionWeek.net  to learn more and to reserve your spot in the world's "Most Sustainable Fashion Week". 


Please include a fashion resume'-and a short description of your line and textiles being used,  links to social media, related business URLs, and several images of at least 3  articles of apparel or accessories. Include close ups of detail work and finished seams both inside and out, as well as images of the garment both front and back on a live model or dress form.

Omitting key details may preclude one's participation.