DC's Fashion Model Aspirations

DC's Fashion Model Aspirations

By Nicole L. Gill, CouncilMag.com

In a room full of models, how do you stand out? That was the task for the hundreds of models auditioning for the 30th season of DC Fashion Week. Dressed in black, the men, women and even children, competed for a spot in this premium fashion showcase. The models in the overflowing room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia, were full of anticipation.

DCFW puts on events in February and September where it features local, national and international designers, said Ean Williams, executive director of DC Fashion Week. “There is a place for every type of designer,” he said. “DC Fashion Week wants to be the United Nations and Olympics of all fashion weeks.”

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“We have over 300 models auditioning for the top spots of fashion week.”

Ean Williams, executive director of DC Fashion Week

Many of the models interviewed were trying out for DC Fashion Week for the first time. Excitement, nerves and a love of modeling were on display. Taylor Huson has done editorial and print modeling, but it was her first time auditioning for DCFW.

“I’m auditioning because when I was younger, I modeled a lot,” said Huson.

When asked what brought the models to the audition, a common refrain was the opportunity to attain something they longed to achieve.

This is passion for me. I’ve always wanted to do this since I was little.
— Harley Wullschleger
Harley Wullschleger auditioned previously, but didn’t get in. This time he made it.

Harley Wullschleger auditioned previously, but didn’t get in. This time he made it.

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DC Fashion Week, showing Autumn/Winter collections, takes place Feb. 22-24, beginning with the Hall of Fame Fashion Awards honoring D.C.-based designers. The showcase culminates with the International Couture show at the French Embassy.

Interested in modeling for DCFW next season? The application form is available online.

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