The average fashion show lasts just 12 minutes, but planning for it begins months early — almost as soon as the previous season's presentation ends.
To give you an idea of the time, energy and coordination that goes into a show, we decided to take you behind the scenes and profile a designer at this season's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Read more: Highlights From New York Fashion Week Fall 2013)
Known for pieces with bohemian flair and tribal prints, Mara Hoffman has been designing her own label since 2000 and was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2011.
We sat down with Hoffman to hear more about the steps she takes to create a collection and went backstage at Lincoln Center to see her nearly half-a-year-long project come to fruition.
Click ahead to see what it takes to make it to Fashion Week's runway.
— By CNBC's Katie Little
Published 13 February 2013