I just happened on a website that people have used to acquire funding for startup businesses.
The link below shows ongoing funding projects and the ones that reached or exceeded their goal in the fashion section.
It is interested to see the different groups applied their marketing skills and which were successful or not so much.
Perhaps this is an alternate method to gather funding needed for startup for those with big plans but little resource options.
The people who are funding these start ups, are basically pre-paying for their garments or accessories, funding the initial startup of the business and receiving goods.
If you have a good product that people want and can market it properly it can happen.
I hope this is helpful information.