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October 12, 2024
The Vault – Tampa
7- 11 pm

Designer Application

After being involved in several different types of events for over 15 years, Melissa Dolce decided
it was time for something new. Something that has never been done before that would be a
refreshing and exciting change for Tampa Bay. With her passion, tenacity, creativity and experience she is producing an event that will merge several markets; fashion, art, performers, theatre and
music into one event! 


- Select models will wear avant-garde garments down the runway

- Lady Gaga (impersonator) will perform live all night
- Models and performers will perform theatrical productions, wearing wearable art  

- Specialty entertainers 

- Florida’s exclusive dance performers 

- Celebrity host

- Complimentary champaign in the historic walk-in vault

- Complimentary VIP food and beverages in private area

- Vendor booths – shopping & special event discounts

- Guests will have the opportunity to be part of the show  

- Historic venue with 35-foot tall ceilings and original walk-in bank vault

- Proceeds benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

- More TBA!

What's provided for designers

Everything is provided to showcase your creations!

- Exclusive PAID models

- Model hair and makeup
- Back-of-house production including mirrors, dressers, runners, etc.

- Venue, staff, security, dressing space, snacks, drinks

- Pre & post event promotions

- Special opportunities, as they become available, for news features, interviews, and appearances

- Show images and video

- Professional sound and lighting

- Signage, advertising, marketing, PR

- Opportunity to sell designs 

- 2 Tickets for guests


We are looking for designers whose collections fall into the following design categories:

Avant Garde, Wearable Art, and Artistic fashion.

When submitting the application, please include:

- Samples of designs that you’d like to showcase at this event or sketches of new designs 

- Designer bio including shows you have participated in

- Social media links


Designers can showcase 5-10 designs. These can be existing or brand-new collections.


If selected, each designer will be required to pay a $200 designer fee in order to participate. This is a very small fee for all that you are receiving to participate (for example, EACH model is paid $100-$300!) 

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Submit your application materials by July 31st, 2024

Designer Application Form

We thank you for your interest in participating in Dolce Avant-Garde Gala. In order to participate in this year’s show we ask that you fill out all the required details and submit your application by July 31st.

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