Previously, previously, previously.
I think I've seen this before http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Races_of_Bas-Lag#Khepri
So like, what are fashion shows even for anymore? Do real-world designers use them as jumping off points, like how NASA's technology eventually drifted down into everyday life?
Actually, I think that's probably pretty accurate. I base this on my experiences with etsy-scale clothing designers, though, so things may be different in The Real World.