On Saturday, September 17, 2016, AMDEF 2016 hit the stage at Neumos in Seattle, with almost 400 attendees watching the 9th annual Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment, Fashion show. For six non-stop hours and ten acts, everything that makes Seattle unique hit the stage, much to the delight of the crowd.
It was a fantastic evening watching the stage and crowd interaction, knowing how much this community supports one another. The Little Bear the Bearded Lady described it best with, “AMDEF is a colorful, bizarre, creative, fabulous marriage of multi-media performing art. Each year gets more and more over the top. Its the ‘Big Game’ of the Seattle Arts Scene.”
Ryan Muller is the man behind it all. He is barely 30 years old and accomplishes more in one hour than I do in an entire day. Ryan stays behind the scenes, out of sight and gets things done. I was lucky enough to see him when my friend Andrea and I arrived at Neumos on Saturday, calmly hanging outside the venue before the first act began. You would never know the kid with the young looking face, disheveled hair, wearing a suit and tie standing on the corner of Pike and 10th at 8 p.m. on a Saturday basically runs a fashion empire in Seattle.
Ryan admittedly rarely sleeps, works multiple jobs to pay for what he is passionate about and curates local talent to the masses. He gives a platform to local artists and entertainers to showcase their talents to an audience, many of whom would never have the chance otherwise. AMDEF is his flagship event and from that came Chance Fashion.
Chance Fashion is the longest running monthly fashion event in the United States. It is exactly what it states in the title – giving everyone a chance to show what they love doing. Love modeling? Model at a Chance Fashion show. Design clothes? Showcase your pieces at a Chance Fashion show. Love doing hair and makeup? Practice on the models at a Chance Fashion show. The AMDEF and Chance communities are strong and solidified and Ryan is the quiet leader at the helm of it all.
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.