Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum provides opportunities for Arkansas-based designers to participate in the premier fashion show in Arkansas, NWA Fashion Week. Designers applied for the Spring 2020 Shows and were chosen by our selection committee for a runway grant to cover the costs associated with purchasing runway time, including promotional and photographic services. By helping designers showcase their collections on the runway, designers are able to share their avant garde designs with a wider audience and further encourage the develop fashion industry in Arkansas.
See pictures of our designers’ collections on the NWA Fashion Week Spring 2019 Runway here!
In 2018 Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum (AAFF) launched a year long Educational Pilot Program made possible by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation. This year of programming has focused on developing opportunities for those interested in the synthesis of fashion and art to learn professional skills towards the goal of incubating a true fashion industry in Arkansas.
AAFF Hosted workshops across the spectrum of professionalization for participants eager to get involved in the growing fashion community. Past workshops include Beginners Sewing, to Model Bootcamps, Hair and Makeup Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion, to Product Development and the Power of an Item.
The workshop series is extremely successful and highly adaptive to the demands of the community. We are continuing to developing workshops into late 2019 and 2020. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or participating in future workshops, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum brought in speakers from different parts of the fashion industry to present public presentations on the state of fashion in Arkansas and the potential for growth here. Past speakers include: Korto Momolu (Project Runway Alumni), Linda Rowe Thomas (Motivational Speaker and Couture Designer), Gabrielle Korn (Editor and Chief of Nylon Media), Dr. Lance Charamie (Professor at University of Arkansas and Sustainability Expert), Alyssa Bird (Jewelry Designer for Regenerous Designs and Sustainable Fashion Advocate).
See more about our past talks and panels as well as watch full videos on our In Conversation & Panel Page!