A modeling agency’s new website and a few thoughts on the future of fashion in Savannah

The Savannah College of Art and Design has appeared in national rankings of top fashion schools.

Savannah also has to have as many photographers per capita — some SCAD affiliated, many not — as any small city in America.

Plus there’s been a growing interest in fashion throughout the city in recent years, as evidenced by new businesses and by the incredible success of 2011’s Fashion’s Night Out.

The Fashion’s Night Out Facebook page has almost 1200 fans, and the 2012 event is on the calendar for September 6th.

Last year I wrote about photographers Doug Ordway and Krisztian Lonyai teaming up to start a modeling agency in Savannah. Now, it’s worth noting here that Savannah has a number of model and talent agencies that have done excellent work representing clients.

But as far as I know, we’ve never had an agency (please correct me if I’m wrong!) with a website that prospective clients and others doing projects in Savannah could peruse for local talent. In other words, if you’re an out-of-town photographer heading up a photo shoot in Savannah and wanting to look at local models available before talking to the agencies, your options have been limited.

So it’s worth noting today that Ordway and Lonyai’s company Rise Model Management now has just such a site. It’s not an earth-shaking development in the big scheme of things, but it’s another piece of the puzzle if Savannah’s culture and economy are going to capitalize on the enormous upside potential that fashion related businesses have here.