Muna Couture Bridal & Formal Wear

2015 Nashville Fashion Forward Legacy Award Winner

It's the energy of creativity and the vibe of the city. Just incredible. #WHYNFW

Crystal Churchwell

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Nashville has been a creative and inspirational city; however, in recent years, it has really started to skyrocket.  Fashion is a conduit of that creative energy and NFW is an amazing example of all we have to offer to the region and country. #WHYNFW



United Apparel Liquidators 

I moved to Nashville 7 years ago when we opened our UAL location on West End. It's a city full of art, music, food & fashion. A city so vital we are opening a second UAL in Nashville in Hillsboro Village. So, why NFW? It's a way to grow our community through the art of fashion. #WHYNFW

Rick Cottle

Middle Tennessee State University

Nashville Fashion Week is an excellent opportunity for MTSU apparel design focused students to gain exposure to local participants in the fashion industry. They are able to gain hands-on experience in the area of fashion promotion. #WHYNFW

Robert Darwell

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Nashville offers a unique mix of strong country roots, authentic modern day rock n’ roll, and an ultra-cool local point-of-view.  You can’t find it anywhere else in the country, which is why everyone is trying to replicate is look and vibe. Nashville Fashion Week showcases the best this city has to offer and why its aesthetic is an inspiration for so many. #WHYNFW


Dreffs For Success

My introduction to Nashville Fashion Week seemed ironic, at the beginning, until I reflected beyond the skillful art of design and passion for presentation to the burgeoning industry and commerce that was a by-product of the numerous events.  With only five years complete, the immediate impact has garnered attention from local, state and national affiliates furthering Tennessee's commitment to embracing the non-traditional industry. As a start-up entrepreneur, I can directly relate to the demands of self-employment and economic sustainability. My 30 years of experience in producing world-class events will allow my position as an advisory council member to offer sage advice for balancing the growth of the industry, orchestration of volunteer opportunities and streamlining event logistics to maximize impact from the efforts put forth by Nashville Fashion Week. #WHYNFW

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Nashville is a great creative city with a generous heart. Nashville Fashion Week is a wonderful example of both by presenting five days of amazing fashion events while also promoting and supporting rising stars in the fashion industry of middle Tennessee. #WHYNFW


Kimberly Lewis

Emerson Grace | Cardio Barre Nashville

2017 Fashion Forward Gala Co-Chair

Because style and fashion are most relevant when they encompass a community of like-minded visionaries dedicated to helping individuals, organizations and the industry thrive. #WHYNFW

David Levy


2017 Legacy Award Winner

Nashville Fashion week provides a boost to our local fashion industry by supporting and promoting local and emerging designers. Nashville Fashion Week focuses on local boutiques like Levy’s that provide unique brands and unmatched services to consumers. As a member of the advisory council, I will continue to enhance Levy’s commitment to Nashville Fashion Week. #WHYNFW

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Mark Mason

Thiel Audio

I’m honored to be involved with Nashville Fashion Week—another opportunity to prove how vibrant and creative this city truly is. There are countless outlets for creative people in town; much more than just Music City. #WHYNFW

Jodi Miller

Designer Renaissance

To gather fashionistas to frolic, fundraise, and foster Nashville fashion talent.  #WHYNFW

Aylin Ozgener


I believe "Fashion Week in Nashville" is vital for healthy creative expression and growth in Nashville. It is only through the collaboration and integration of business and artistry/creativity that leads cities, states and nations into thriving communities. Let's make some magic happen!! #WHYNFW


Ashley parkes

Aloncii, Inc

Nashville has one of the world’s fastest-growing creative economies, not to mention some of it’s best new designers. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that? #WHYNFW

Stacey Rhodes

Stacey Rhodes Boutique

2015 Nashville Fashion Forward Retailer of the Year Award Winner

It is important to support, unite and bring attention to our talented fashion community and emerging designers. It is an event where we all can join forces to increase the awareness of the talent we have in Nashville. Supporting local is vital to the healthy growth and integrity of our city. #WHYNFW

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Stacie Standifer

As my hometown explodes into ‘metropolitan city status’, it is key that efforts and events like NFW are in place and well­executed. It fuels interest for those interested in visiting or relocating to the area in addition to supporting incredible local creative personalities and talent. It’s exhilarating to not only watch, but to be a part of such a dynamic effort to recognize and expose the most stylish facets of our community. #WHYNFW


Tarasina K. Schneller

Opry Mills | Simon

I am proud to live in a community that comes together to support passionate entrepreneurs who share a love for art and fashion. #WHYNFW

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Jeff Teague

Planned Parenthood, ED

Nashville is a city with a great sense of style. It’s a unique style demonstrated by the incredibly talented designer and artists working here. Nashville Fashion Week is the perfect way to highlight our style and the talent that makes Nashville so special. #WHYNFW

Brett Warren

Brett Warren Photography

2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Recipient
2015 Nashville Fashion Forward Point of View Award Winner

Passionate individuals who are working hard at their calling are often in need of a platform on which to share their unique perspectives with others. As creatives, we come alive when an audience has the ability to interact with what it is we have created. Over the years, I have witnessed Nashville Fashion Week create that stage for many talented and otherwise overlooked individuals who have much to share. The growth seen in this city, and the fashion community has been quite staggering to witness. I am thankful for organizations like Nashville Fashion Week, and the supportive hand they have had in nurturing a diverse community of creatively driven individuals throughout the years. #WHYNFW

Lisa Bush
Jen Cole
Shelly Colvin
Liza Graves
Alizah Greenberg | 2016 NFFF Gala Co-Chair
Malcolm Greenwood
Chris Hyndman

Erin McAnally
Janice Elliott Morgan
Martha Nemer
Elizabeth Nichols
Lauren Leonard Phelps |2012 NFFF Recipient
Ellen Pryor
Sylvia Rapoport

Olivia Nash Richardson
Linda Roberts
Poni Silver | 2016 Rising Star Award Winner
Gen Sohr | 2016 - 2017 NFFF Gala Co-Chair
Cherylann Stephens |2015 Fashion Forward Award Winner
Abby White