PROGRAMS

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum (AAFF) has announced the launch of a year long Educational Pilot Program made possible by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

AAFF’s Educational Pilot Program includes three main areas of programming:

  • Student Designer Showcases
  • Educational and Professional Development Workshops
  • Public Speaker Series

The Student Designer Showcase will launch the Educational Pilot Program during NWA Fashion Week’s Fall Shows on September 20-22 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. College-level and trade program students from across the state will participate in runway shows, in areas including production design, hair styling, makeup artistry, and photography. Students will have the opportunity to learn from mentors in their fields to gain hands-on experience in a live production setting. Throughout the next year AAFF will hold workshops and speaker series events that will revolve around fashion and its artistic and cultural ecosystem. These events will be programmed in collaboration with NWA Fashion Week as well as other local stakeholders.

IDLE CLASS MAGAZINE

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum (AAFF) has recently announced their new position as the publisher of The Idle Class Magazine.

The Idle Class has been Arkansas' only arts magazine since 2013, publishing quarterly editions on topics such as photography, storytelling, food, music, collecting and more. Focusing on the best undiscovered talent for poetry, prose, cinema, sound and more, The Idle Class has been a leader in the field for highlighting and supporting artistic talent from across the state.

 

Learn more at http://idleclassmag.com/

RUNWAY GRANTS

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum provides funding for designers based in the state of Arkansas to participate in fashion events throughout the year. Through a partnership with NWA Fashion Week, AAFF offers Runway Grants to creative and avant garde designers to showcase their designs during NWA Fashion Week in the Spring and Fall. Designers apply directly to Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum and are chosen by our selection committee. Runway grants covers the cost associated with purchasing runway time during NWA Fashion Week, including promotional, photographic and video services.

Application for NWA Fashion Week Fall 2018

MENTORSHIPS

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum works to create opportunities for aspiring young talent to work next to professionals in many fields related to art and fashion. Whether it is backstage at a fashion show, behind the camera at an editorial photoshoot, or in the board room, we strive to create spaces for young talent to learn from the best in the field.

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EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum awards one designer annually with the the Emerging Designer Award during the NWA Fashion Week Fall Shows that take place in Fayetteville.

The following criteria apply in order for a designer to be eligible to receive the AAFF Emerging Designer Award:

  • Designer must be accepted to show at NWA Fashion Week
  • Must be based in Arkansas
  • Designer must create and show an original collection (collection must consist of at least 75% originally concepted garments, upcycled or repurposed garments are not eligible)
  • Designer is only eligible to win once per year
  • Only eligible if it is the designer’s first time to show at NWA Fashion Week AND/OR the designer is in their first three years of fashion design for runway.

Recipient of the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum Emerging Designer Award will receive:

  • A gift card for fabric provided to use in the production of a new collection.
  • Automatic acceptance into the following season of NWA Fashion Week.

FASHION INCUBATOR AWARD

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum awards one designer annually with the Fashion Incubator Award during the NWA Fashion Week Fall Shows that take place in Fayetteville.

The following criteria apply in order for a designer to be eligible to receive the AAFF Fashion Incubator Award:

  • Designer must be accepted to show at NWA Fashion Week
  • Must be based in Arkansas
  • Designer must create and show an original collection (collection must consist of at least 75% originally concepted garments, upcycled or repurposed garments are not eligible)
  • Designer is only eligible to win once per year
  • Designer must have shown at one previous NWA Fashion Week

Recipient of the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum Fashion Incubator Award will receive:

  • Fashion editorial produced by NWAFW and Arkansas Fashion Productions.
  • Fashion business and branding consulting package from a local agency professionals working in collaboration with Graphic Design students from the UofA. This package consists of a mentoring and business development program tailored to the specific designer. You will also receive a brand development package including a new logo if desired.