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"Ashes to Art" 

She is a champion for the people of Big Sur. She inspires all who grace her runway or bear witness to the metamorphosis of spirit and art.

You've been there since the first Show at the Library, or maybe the 7th at The River Inn or maybe this year, when you get that Golden Ticket, you'll witness her beauty for the first time. 

She is the Big Sur Fashion Show.


For 10 years The Big Sur Fashion Show has become a diety from the redwoods. She is a symbol of what it is to open your arms to all who love her, to be inclusive, grateful and share our gifts. 

She has inspired dreams, tears, and careers. She has nurtured young generations and rejuvenated our elders. The Big Sur Fashion show is a lifestyle.


The 2019 theme “Ashes to Art” is inspired by Lynette Tolentino’s film about the making of the Big Sur Fashion Show. It challenges designers to find their Phoenix, show how we rise from adversity, ask ourselves what we treasure in our survival kits, how do we uplift each other in aftermaths...

Here we express our gratitude for growth after the flames, for navigating our crashing seas, for our ascent of crumbling mountains. Each time we band together, and express our jubilation on the stage.


Our Kids Show theme “Sparks of Joy” celebrates our littles as they bring their creative light amidst all of life’s happenings around and within them. These are our young teachers, our fresh guides, as they frolic the seashores, clamber the hills, they rise to occasion making challenges into commodities. Here the entire cast, audience, sponsors, producers and tech professionals become one family. Laughing, learning, and teaching we are expressing an unequaled uniqueness and persevering drive. You are welcome into our family.


We ask you to share your presence and your fun sense of fashion for our audience theme “Gleams of Sunshine”

Dress to Impress! 

Participate, because health benefits from community interaction are equaled by no other. We invite you to adorn for our event, because it is delicious on the eyes, and most importantly you create rewarding connectivity.


The Big Sur Fashion Show uphold it’s commitment to supporting the needs of schools and arts programs for the children of Big Sur and the South Coast. Children make a community, they benefit from our support as much as we do by giving. May we always look to the youth for future inspiration.


Beneficiaries are Stage Kids, Big Sur Fiddle Camp, Big Sur Park School, Apple Pie Pre-School/Captain Cooper School and Pacific Valley School.

Last year, our net proceeds of $12,000 helped with arts productions, playground equipment, scholarships and lunch programs. 


Our tribe has expanded with the support of the entire Peninsula.

While we'd love to have a home again in Big Sur, we are so grateful for the "YES" so openly given to us by The Barnyard Carmel. hearts both local and world wide are warmed by the Big Sur Fashion Show, this unity generates the energy it takes to produce such revelry. There is symbiotic harmony between event and guest.

Show up, this year, and cultivate this one of a kind occasion.


Attend! Sponsor Us! Leave your imprint on the story of this amazing show! In the spirit of the Phoenix, help us be reborn anew again and again, you support keeps the Big Sur Fashion Show going ...


Scripted by Elsa Rivera and Rosalia Webster of BiG SuRCuS

Venue Information

The Barnyard
Carmel By The Sea, CA 93923
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Organizer Information

Big Sur Fashion Show


PO Box 487
Big Sur, CA 93920

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