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A Nod to Mod: Moto-Inspired Fashion

A Design Week Portland Event

Date & Time: Friday, April 12, 6-9pm
Location: Vespa Portland, 205 SE MLK Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214
The Event: A moto-themed fashion show that brings together unique and functional apparel & accessory design with a passion for timeless Italian scooters and the culture surrounding them.
Portland Apparel Lab has teamed up with Vespa Portland to bring together a performance-art based fashion show surrounded by fine Italian scooters in their SE Portland showroom. Local fashion designers are invited to participate, and the show will be curated by both PAL and Vespa Portland to showcase the finest moto and mod themed looks of 2019. Judging criteria included creativity, diversity, and functionality, both on bike and off.
The showcase will be presented as performance art over the course of the evening, so that attendees can enjoy both spending time with and interacting with the designs and models. Scooter enthusiasts are invited to showcase their bikes in the parking lot.

For more information on Design Week Portland, please visit their site.

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Rules and Guidelines for Participation

You may submit 1-3 sketches or photographs of original looks to be included in the show. We will accept submissions on a rolling basis starting Feb. 5. Submissions will close on Mar. 4.

If accepted, you will need to construct your looks and have them completed by April 5 (dress rehearsal).

There is no cost to show at the event. The event is free to attend.

The event will be “performance art” style, rather than “runway style”.

BYOM: Bring Your Own Model. If you are accepted and create a look for the show, you will be required to provide your own model for each look. No experience necessary, diversity and body positivity encouraged. Models should provide their own shoes, or you may provide shoes to coordinate with your look. We will facilitate hair and makeup for models.

Questions? Email info@portlandapparellab.com

Theme and Inspiration

Any submissions that speak to the theme of the show will be considered. Looks that are inspired by the Mod period, Vespa Scooters, or Mopeds and Motorcycles in general will be accepted for consideration. Actual riding gear is not required, but would also be considered.

Movies, music and artists to inspire you:

  • Roman Holiday
  • Quadrophenia
  • Austin Powers
  • We Are The Mods
  • Young Birds Fly
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Larry Crowne
  • David Bowie
  • Andy Warhol

Winning Design

A prize package provided by the Portland Apparel Lab and Vespa Portland will be awarded to the creator of the Best in Show Design, as determined by a panel of judges.

Prize package to include:

A complimentary Design Review with the team at PAL ($150 value)

A complimentary Scooter Rental for Two  *OR* $150 off a New Scooter Purchase Courtesy of Vespa Portland ($150 value)

Swag TBA

*employees of Vespa Portland and Portland Apparel Lab are not eligible for the Best in Show Prize

Participation Submission Form

I have read and agree to the rules of the Event (required)

I release the images submitted here to PAL to be used to promote the event (required)

Email your sketches or photos of original work to info@portlandapparellab.com after you submit this form.

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