MTSU Alum Wins Nashville Fashion Award


Nashville Fashion Week (NFW) 2017 will include three nights of runway shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights taking place on April 4-8.

Black Meridian Dress from Ona Rex

2017 Designers and Schedule of Events Has Been Announced 

NFW will open with the Nashville Designer Showcase on Tuesday, April 4, which features Nashville resident and NFW alum Amanda Valentine and O’More College of Design Instructor Ashley Balding, whose fashion line is called Ona Rex.

Wednesday, April 5th is the Emerging Designer Runway Show. Andrew Gallivan, Lily Guilder, Madness Is, Nasheli Juliana and Splashed by DKG were selected from hundreds of designer applications.

Fauxgerty, Lagi Nadeau, Michael Drummond, Patrick Assaraf and Shea Steele will present their collections at the 2017 Ready-to-Wear Runway Show on Friday night.

Nashville Fashion Week Names Fashion Forward Fund Recipient 

Each year Nashville Fashion selects a recipient of Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, this year they’ve selected Fashion photographer Brett Warren.While he has worked with easily recognized brands such as, Billy Reid, Surface Magazine, and GQ, he is just as passionate about working with some that may not be as familiar. Warren is the first photographer to be selected as a recipient of the fund. Warren is an MTSU alum, where he studied design and photography. He also interned with notable photographer Annie Leibovitz and received an invitation to shoot at New York Fashion Week.

Established in 2011, the objective of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is to provide an award that recognizes the individual achievements of a fashion industry professional. The financial resources that accompany the award are intended to provide an experiential professional development opportunity for the recipient to further advance their career in the fashion industry.

Nashville Fashion Week will also host a Photography + Fashion event on Thursday. City-wide shopping events and educational experiences will fill the official schedule. More specific event details will be announced in the next few weeks.

Nashville Fashion Week 2017 will be held April 4-8. All Access Passes, Runway Passes, and tickets for all events are on sale now at

All NFW ticket holders get free admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from April 3-16 featuring the exhibit of iconic fashion photographer Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty with proof of purchase.

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