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EVENT DETAILS | DECEMBER 14TH, 2019
12:00- 5:00 pm

Location | AAFF OFFICE
203 E Emma Ave, Ste A
Springdale, AR 72764

Join us on Saturday, December 14th to shop your favorite designers from the NWA Fashion Week runway, just in time for the holidays!

Shop clothing designed by
Basana Chhetri
Elizabeth
Off the Record
Rosie Rose Designer
Ruby Ru Designs

We will also have holiday wreaths and ornaments created by Samantha’s Garden!

This event is free and open to the public. You will not want to miss this shopping event at the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum Office in downtown Springdale. Shop Local!

EVENT DETAILS | DECEMBER 15TH, 2019
5:00- 8:00 pm

Location | AAFF OFFICE
203 E Emma Ave, Ste A
Springdale, AR 72764

ĒLXR Yoga Lounge and Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum are partnering to present our first edition of ‘Conversations for Change’ – A Film Screening and Group Discussion to take on the topics of inclusiveness, anti-racist practice, and white privilege.

We aim to create a thoughtful workspace for women of color and white women to join together to discuss how we can work as a community to fight oppressive social norms and better understand each other. Most especially, we want to create an entry point for white women who want to participate as anti-racist allies but may not have the right tool-kit or know how to enter the conversation.

We are here to talk through it! We will screen Chelsea Handler’s Netflix feature ‘Hello, Privilege. It’s me, Chelsea.’ and use it as a jumping off point for a group discussion.

Bring your own beverages, snacks, and open mind. Come prepared to speak openly and honestly about your questions and experiences. This event will help expand our vocabulary for discussions on inclusivity and the importance of anti-racist practice.

APPLICATION DEADLINE | Spring Designer Cohort  NOW – December 31st, 2019, 5:00 PM 

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum will be accepting applications for our next round of Designer Cohort Workshops NOW through December 31st.

Designers selected to compete in the cohort will work directly with the AAFF Team as well as professionals from the fashion industry to develop the strongest collection possible for the NWA Fashion Week Spring shows. 

Cohort Workshop Dates are mandatory for all designers and are scheduled for March 14 and 15, 2020. Collections will show on Thursday, April 16th 2020 in Downtown Bentonville and compete against each other for a cash prize to be given to the winner.  

Designers will meet with Refinery29 Director of Fashion and Culture Gabrielle Korn as well as other industry experts Kerin Rose Gold and Brittany Allen. Gold is a NYC based artist and accessories designer who had worked with Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez among many others. Allen is Austin based designer currently competing on Season 18 of Project Runway. These guest mentors will provide feedback on the designers’ progress.

Designers are expected to have completed a minimum of five complete runway looks by the workshop dates.

APPLY HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6aTP3_6B_bYUovkYZsVmMKgfpJhGyo6L5le98q1j34vViNg/viewform

APPLICATION DEADLINE | NWA Fashion Week Designer NOW – January 5th, 2020, 5:00 PM   Each season the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum supports up to 20 designers to participate in the NWA Fashion Week runway shows.

A select group of designers will be granted the opportunity for runway presentation during the NWA Fashion Week Spring Shows. Eligibility for Show Grants is limited to designers based in Arkansas and designers originally from Arkansas. Applicants who pursue creativity, diversity, and inclusion will be given preference. Applications will be judged by the selection committee of Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum. Any awards given will be subject to revocation if deadlines are not met.

To apply for acceptance into the NWA Fashion Week Spring 2020 Shows, held April 16-18 in Downtown Bentonville, please visit our online application:   

APPLY HERE:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8zEnjRPMAsjFOLLAufYDFKBrWj5hbVC6FWcdhkpCxr7UoXQ/viewform

EVENT DETAILS | Spring NWA Fashion Week 2020  April 16th – April 18th   Be sure to save these dates for our highly anticipated Spring 2020 NWA Fashion Week Shows!


OUR MISSION

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum exists to provide educational opportunities and professional support for aspiring avant-garde fashion designers, artists, and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant and inspired creative fashion community in Arkansas. 

  • Student designer showcases
  • Educational and professional development workshops
  • Public speaker series
  • Small batch manufacturing projects

Our goal is to create a self-sustaining fashion industry here in Arkansas and to provide job and creative opportunities to members of our creative community.

Through educational and workshop opportunities, we strive to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge by working with aspiring designers,  photographers, models, hair stylists, makeup artists, videographers and other creative professionals. 

Designer: Basana Chhetri, Photographer: Sadie Rucker

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Whether you want to support a local designer or become a local designer, we want to hear from you!

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