The survey responses after the 2015 MAFA Conference indicated that many participants thought the Fashion Show was too long. They also wanted the opportunity to view pieces up close. The 2017 Fashion Showcase exhibit and juried Fashion Show event address both concerns.
Conference attendees are encouraged to submit a handcrafted wearable to the Fashion Showcase exhibit. An independent jury will select some of the submissions to be featured in the Fashion Show, which is scheduled on the first night of the conference. All submitted garments, ensembles and accessories will be exhibited in the Fashion Showcase all day Friday and Saturday, enabling conference participants to study the works up close.
The focus is on wearables created with any textile or fiber art technique—weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing, felting, printing, stamping, painting, sewing, draping, stitching, tailoring or pattern making, etc.
All submitted work must have been completed within the past two years, i.e., since the July, 2015 MAFA Conference.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight, Monday, May 15, 2017. Attendees with submissions selected for the Fashion Show will be notified by email by early June.