Getting To Know Meghan McNamara Mundy; Founder of Fashion Week Rochester

Getting To Know Meghan McNamara Mundy; Founder of Fashion Week Rochester
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Photos courtesy of Meghan McNamara Mundy

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 60 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews

Getting To Know Meghan McNamara Mundy; Founder of Fashion Week Rochester

In this highlight, we turn our attention to Meghan McNamara Mundy, an extremely prominent figure within our meghan 1community. Meghan is the founder of the wildly successful Fashion Week of Rochester, a five day event highlighting local businesses, artists, boutiques and organizations. Fashion Week of Rochester works closely with The Center for Youth, to bring attention to homelessness concerning our youth. Meghan‘s ability to bring together the arts, fashion and businesses to support such a cause speaks volumes of her character and solidifies her place in our city as an innovative and prominent leader in our city.

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.

I great up in Summit NJ a town 20 miles outside NYC.  I went to Summit High school and then attended Fashion institute of Technology.meghan featured

What inspired you to be in fashion/entertainment? Early experiences worth sharing? meghan 2

I always loved fashion as a very young kid.  I was also a childhood actress.  I spent from 11 years old to 17 years old going to NYC for auditions for various commercials, movies, and print work.  I was lucky enough to get a lot of work in those years. I always noticed that the stylist on set would have a rack of clothing and always put together the best on camera looks for each member of the cast.  This struck me as something I might want to do someday.

I also remember when my parents switched me from public school to privet school in third grade. The only thing I cried about was that I had to wear a uniform, not leaving my friends or my school, it was the uniform! I was already big into fashion at 8.

Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.  

Over the last 8 years as Producer/Founder of Fashion week of Rochester I have had the most amazing experiences.  I have also had some challenges.

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What do you believe sets you apart from other fashionistas/entertainers?

meghan 6I believe being humble and inclusive and open minded are some of the qualities that set me apart.  People have always viewed Fashion Weeks as Exclusive events.  I have always strived to make Fashion week of Rochester an inclusive event.  I like to use real size models as well as your classic tall slender models.  I try to include all ethnic background models as well.

Do you have other interests or hobbies? meghan 5

Skiing, traveling, being with family and friends, fashion, food, fun.

Any projects you have out or currently working on?

Fashion week of Rochester and a few private clients who I style and shop for.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

Where I am now!

What advice can you give to aspiring fashionistas/entertainers?

Fashion is 2-0 % glamour and 80 % schlepping!

How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?


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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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