SUPPORTING DESIGNERS

Designer: Robbie's Era, Photographer: Meredith Mashburn

RUNWAY GRANTS

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum provides funding to support opportunities for Arkansas Based Designers to exhibit their collections on the runway during NWA Fashion Week. Any designer based in the state of Arkansas is welcome to apply for a Runway Grant to cover the cost of entry to NWA Fashion Week. Through a formal relationship with NWA Fashion Week, Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum is able to fund these runway opportunities that support the growth and expression of Arkansas based designers. Our selection process gives preference to avant garde, creative and inclusive runway programs.

APPLICATION SPRING 2020 RUNWAY GRANT

Additionally, any organizations creating opportunities for Arkansas Based Designers to showcase their work is welcome to contact Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum to discuss supporting designer runway time. Please reach out to contact@arkansasfashion.org to request information.


Fall 2019 Designer Cohort Winner

Big Sister Studio

Brandy Lee, designer behind Big Sister Studio, was the recipient of the first Designer Cohort Award. She was selected by guest judges Deanah Baker- Senior Vice President of Walmart Apparel US, Jayne Harkness- President of J.H.G & Partners and Business Mentor for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Gabrielle Korn- Fashion Writer, Editor and former Editor in Chief of Nylon Magazine.

Lee will take part in a mentorship program with Jayne Harkness, a fashion industry leader for the past 25 years and will also have one garment produced at our Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum headquarters in downtown Springdale. The pieces will be locally distributed and available for purchasing.


Fall 2019 Designer Accessories Winner

Herron Hats

Markia Herron, designer behind Herron Hats, was the recipient of the first Designer Cohort Accessories Award. She was selected by guest judges Deanah Baker- Senior Vice President of Walmart Apparel US, Jayne Harkness- President of J.H.G & Partners and Business Mentor for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Gabrielle Korn- Fashion Writer, Editor and former Editor in Chief of Nylon Magazine.

Herron will take part in a mentorship program with Jayne Harkness, a fashion industry leader for the past 25 years.


Fall 2018 Emerging Designer Winner

Love, Zelda

Sara McGuigan, designer behind Love, Zelda, was the recipient of the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum Emerging Designer Award in Fall 2018. Sara received entry in NWA Fashion Week Spring 2018 and promotional support from NWA Fashion Week and Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum.