Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce the five designers selected to showcase their accessories  on Thursday, April 7 at WELD. Designed as an art gallery style show, each designer will be featured in individual vignettes with a behind the scenes glimpse of the talent, time and energy that goes into making fashion week happen: wardrobe, set design, electrical, hair and lighting. Designers include Debe Dohrer, Emil Erwin, Mary Mooney, Suzan Pitt and Arturo Rios.

Behind the Scenes: An Accessories Installation Gallery is curated and designed by Jacki Holland, a visual designer and artist with an extensive background in accessory design. Holland currently creates under her namesake label and collaborates seasonally with domestic and international designers offering expertise in sales and marketing.  

Individual tickets and All Access Passes to Nashville Fashion Week are on sale now at

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Debe Dohrer’s extensive background in the art of structuring a distinct wardrobe for her high profile clientele naturally transitioned into debe dohrer design, an “off loom” woven “textile” beading technique. With the juxtaposition of street and luxury, an additional accessory line was born. Within design you will notice her discerning fashion eye, whether it organically alters an outfit or creates an enigmatic confidence, it artfully exudes a modern relevance while retaining a timeless feel.

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Emil Erwin, a luxury leather goods company, was founded in 2008 by husband and wife design team, Emil and Leslie Congdon.  Thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted in the Emil Erwin Studio, each piece melds together a delicate balance of form, function, beauty and craftsmanship.  The Congdons operate Emil Erwin, while raising their four children in Nashville, which they have always been proud to call home. 


Mary Mooney is a Nashville based visual artist who developed a process to scale her glossy abstract paintings down to wearable little pieces of art. With a Fine Arts degree from Denison University, her formal education as an artist plays as much a role as her intuition. With each pendant cut from a painted study, there’s a visual transition of brushstrokes and colors from one piece to the next. Everyone is united by owning a unique part of a whole.  


Suzan Pitt is an internationally acclaimed artist whose paintings and animated films are in many private collections and museums. Pitt has designed sets and costumes for two major opera productions in Germany which were the first operas to include animated images for the stage. She was perhaps the first artist to create one of a kind painted art coats beginning in 1984. Her coats were recently featured on the runway at New York Fashion Week.


Arturo Rios, a new generation of talented Fashion Hat Designers from Los Angeles, learned his exceptional skills and techniques from legendary Italian hat designer, Karen Indreland. Arturo loves the colors of nature, flowers, particularly birds. His inspiration comes from what he sees in everyday life, combining vintage materials with modern ideas. Since 2005, Arturo has been designing fabulous couture headwear worn by famous personalities and clients around the world. Arturo is presented by Stacey Rhodes Boutique. 

Nashville Fashion Week is a city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent. Featuring local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the week encourages both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops. NFW is founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, retail and media professionals who have combined their passion and resources to create a volunteer event spotlighting Nashville's growing fashion community with a sustainable focus for philanthropic support of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.