Emerging Designer Applications For 2014 Are Now Being Accepted

Nashville Fashion Week is proud to announce that it will return April 1-5, 2014. The fourth annual city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its’ vast array of creative talent will feature local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the week that will encourage both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces through promotions, partnerships and educational workshops. NFW is founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, retail and media professionals who have partnered to combine resources and passion to create a volunteer event spotlighting Nashville’s growing fashion community with a sustainable focus for philanthropic support.

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Emerging Designer Applications Are Now Open

Nashville Fashion Week seeks Middle Tennessee’s best emerging designers to spotlight during the 2014 event. Applications are now being accepted for regional designers to apply for that opportunity. Applicants must demonstrate creativity, quality and a broad appeal to a wide range of consumers. If chosen, the emerging designer will have the opportunity to showcase their collection during Nashville Fashion Week, April 1-5, 2014. All emerging designers interested in showing their Fall 2014 collections are encouraged to submit their application for review.

The deadline to submit emerging designer applications is September 30, 2013. Emerging Designers will be notified by mid-October and announced to the public during a late fall, official Nashville Fashion Week event. You can apply online at www.NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

Emerging Designer Criteria:

* Must live in or have connections to Nashville and/or Middle Tennessee.
* Fall 2014 collection must be original designs, debuting at Nashville Fashion Week.
* Must be available to show during the week of April 1-5, 2014 (with specific schedule to be determined by Nashville Fashion Week organizers).

PLEASE NOTE: Nashville Fashion Week does not charge a submission fee to apply or participate. Selected designers are responsible for their own travel and related expenses, and for transporting their collection to Nashville — as well as all costs associated with designing/creating their looks, including shoes, accessories and music for their runway show. No age restrictions or specific experience is required. However, those under 18 will need parent/guardian permission to apply.

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Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Seeks Applicants For 2013 Award

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is now seeking applicants for the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award. Designers as well as professionals in all aspects of the fashion industry from photographers to stylists, models, fashion publicists and hair and makeup artists are encouraged to apply via the online application which can now be found at www.CFMT.org/NashvilleFashionForward.

Originally established in 2011, this endowed fund supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee and provides financial awards and resources for experiential opportunities for professional development. Past winners have included designers Julianna Bass and Lauren Leonard, creator of the Leona brand.

“Nashville Fashion Week, through the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers and an impassioned creative community, has grown into a creative philanthropic venture, showcasing our city’s broad palette of talent and style,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Whether you are a designer, hairstylist, photographer or model, thanks to Nashville Fashion Week, Nashville is now securely on the map in the world of fashion. As the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund grows, so too will the support available to encourage the next generation of talent.”

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. CST on October 30, 2013. The award recipient is selected by a committee of the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and will be announced in January of 2014.

About The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund:
The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is an endowed fund that receives proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week each year. The establishment of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund was inspired by the professional development provided by the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) through programs such as the CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week is not just a signature high-profile event to celebrate creativity, but also an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support.

About The Community Foundation Of Middle Tennessee:
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 800 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 22 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $600 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, TN 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or 888-540-5200 or visit www.cfmt.org.