What is a Trunk Show?
The term originated in the 1800's when small shops could not afford to purchase an entire line of clothing from the manufacturer. Or sometimes, a shop was just too small to be able to display all the new styles. So the designer or manufacturer would send a "Trunk" full of the best samples to "Show" to the store's special customers. They could then order the styles they liked and in the sizes needed. After a brief time at that particular shop, the owner would then pack up the entire sampling in the "Trunk" and send it on to the next shop on the list for their "Show".
Now, in 2015, Trunk Shows are a great way to see the full line of a designer's fashion trends in a relaxed setting.