Updated: May 5
Are you looking to start or advance your career in the fabulous world of fashion? Well, then I’m not afraid to tell you it's time to get your conference on. Attending conferences is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and expand your network. Plus, some of these events last for multiple days, giving you plenty of time to swap digits and form professional relationships. Who knows, you might just meet your future business partner or mentor.
Now, you may be wondering: "Which conferences should I attend?" Fear not, my fashionable friends, because I've got the scoop! Some of the hottest conferences for women in the fashion industry include the Atlanta Black Beauty Expo, the Tampa Bay Women's Expo, and L.A. Textile - all happening in 2023.
In this article, I'll dish out even more deets on other must-attend conferences that will help you build your brand and connect with important peeps in the fashion biz.
5 Key conferences for women in the fashion industry
This expo is filled with speakers and entertainment that are focused on women's interests and fashion. It's one of the most inspiring events to attend with your besties, as it enables you to mix business with pleasure. You'll get to enjoy various giveaways while learning more about the fashion industry and the latest products or brands.
This one-day event features the following:
Exhibits. The range of exhibits for women will include demos. Some selling products will also offer you the chance to view demos in interactive booths.
Education on women's interests, including fashion topics.
Check the Tampa Bay website to find out more as details emerge of speakers and exhibitors planned for the event.
Where: The Coliseum, St. Petersburg, Florida
When: Saturday, 15 April 2023
Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where do your threads come from? If you’re interested in this question, this is an event focused on the sourcing of fashion that you won’t want to miss. By attending it, you'll have access to the latest trends and global resources in the industry to ensure you stay on top of the latest technology. This event will provide interesting information on topics such as:
Sustainable fashion suppliers
Fashion technology solutions
Sourcing at Magic is a gathering of the following big players in the fashion industry:
Service providers (such as materials)
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
When: 13-15 February 2023
Time: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on 13 & 14 February; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on 15 February
3. L.A. Textile
If you want to become a female fashion entrepreneur or start a female startup club but you’re specifically interested in textiles and production, you should attend this event, which is the fashion industry's premier destination for textiles and design on the West Coast.
Here, you’ll get to explore international fabric collections while learning about factories as well as other production services related to fashion. Some of the seminars that will be available over the three-day event will cover the following:
Global fashion trends
It’s perfect for women in business. Stay informed about the upcoming exhibits and seminars by checking out the L.A. Textile website.
When: 22-24 February 2023
Where: California Market Center, Los Angeles
Time: 22 & 23 February: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; 24 February: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Fashion Tech Forum is focused on bringing together successful and inspiring fashion leaders along with tech companies to provide even more value to the event. The blend of fashion and tech is interesting and essential for anyone who wants a career in fashion and e-commerce because the two are so intimately connected.
Previous speakers at this forum have included:
Constance C.R. White, editorial consultant and host of fashion podcast ‘How To Slay.'
Burak Cakmak, Chief Executive Officer of the Fashion Commission of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture.
Quynh Mai, Female founder of digital agency Qulture and female thought leader in marketing, fashion, and technology.
In 2023, Fashion Tech Forum's sixth annual conference will be co-hosted with Nasdaq. If you want to attend, you'll have to get an invite. Request tickets by emailing email@example.com.
Where: Nasdaq MarketSite, Times Square, New York
When: 11 April 2023
5. Atlanta Black Beauty
If beauty and skincare are more your thing than trendy clothing, this expo is a must for you to attend. It’s the only beauty trade show that's specifically dedicated to black creatives in fashion. Whether you're interested in haircare or starting your own makeup brand, it will help you network with other female entrepreneurs who will motivate you to achieve your fashion entrepreneurship goals.
You can expect the following when you attend the Atlanta Black Beauty event:
Hair and fashion show
Here are some things you can expect to learn from the seminars:
How to make and sell your own beauty products.
How to make your own custom wigs.
Where: Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Georgia
When: 5 February 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you're dreaming of becoming the next it-fashion-designer, staying in the know about upcoming forums and events is key to taking your passion for fashion to the next level.
Sure, you can learn a lot from textbooks and online courses, but nothing beats the knowledge and connections you can gain from attending in-person events. These fabulous forums and events are the perfect place to learn about the latest trends and techniques straight from the pros, as well as network with fellow fashion enthusiasts who share your passion.
And that's not all. These events are also a great opportunity for you to showcase your own fashion sense and maybe even get your foot in the door of the fashion industry. So, whether you're looking to start your own fashion startup or just soak up all the fashion knowledge you can, attending these forums and events is an absolute must. Don't miss out on the chance to make your fashion dreams a reality.
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