Nashville Fashion Forward Award 

The Nashville Fashion Forward Gala is designed to celebrate and support the resolute, entrepreneurial spirit of the Nashville fashion community each year. The Nashville Fashion Forward Awards were added in 2015 to recognize industry leaders that make a significant impact within our local fashion community each year.

Nashville Fashion Week 2019 will culminate with the Nashville Fashion Forward Gala and Awards on April 6 to spotlight the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. This endowed fund was established in 2010 to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing an annual financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities. Please join us for this important fundraiser that will impact our community for years to come.


The Style Icon Award
We all know them when we see them. These strong individuals have a unique and timeless style and they own it. Their influence is evident in all that they do and they are held in high regard by all for their contributions throughout our community.

Margo Price | 2019

Sandra Lipman | 2017
Nashville Philanthropist | Fashion Maven

Holly Williams | 2016
Singer-Songwriter |H. Audrey |White's Mercantile |The Afternoon Off

Clare Armistead | 2015
Community Supporter


The Legacy Award
Think of people that have put Nashville fashion on the map. These talented and dedicated industry leaders set the standard for Nashville fashion and everyone knows their name. 

Linda Roberts | 2019
Private Edition and The Cosmetic Market

David & Ellen Levy | 2017

Manuel Cuevas | 2016
Manuel Couture

Muna Abboud | 2015
Muna Couture


The Rising Star Award
These are the people to watch. They have hit their stride and are making a name for themselves along the way.

Andrew Clancey | 2019
Any Old Iron

Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Renae Currey | 2017
Lucy Pop Salon, Love Salons

Sponsored by The Mall at Green Hills
Maria Silver | 2016
Black by Maria Silver
Sponsored by Kim Crawford Wine
Elizabeth Martucci | 2015
Elizabeth Suzann


The Face of Fashion Award
These beautiful people seem to be everywhere. We love to say that we knew them when. 

Sofie Rovenstine | 2019
AMAX Talent and JAG

Sponsored by Margaret Ellis Jewelry
Renee Peters | 2017
AMAX Talent and Creative Management

Sponsored by Margaret Ellis Jewelry
Dylan Stephens | 2016
AMAX Talent and Next Model Management

Sponsored by AILA Cosmetics
Laura Hanson Sims | 2015
AMAX Talent and Society Management


The Point of View Award
These people know who they are and articulate it boldly through their fashion-related work. Standards are raised because of their influence within the industry.

Olia Zavozina | 2019
Olia Zavozina

Sponsored by
Cassie Kelly | 2017

Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Mary Lawless Lee | 2016
Happily Grey

Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Brett Warren | 2015
Brett Warren Photography


The Fashion Forward Award
These are our success stories. These industry changers are at the forefront of driving Nashville fashion forward.  

Claudia Fowler | 2019
Haven, Hero & Parish

Barrett Ward | 2017

Dean Wegner | 2016
Omega Apparel

Cherylann Stephens | 2015
AMAX Talent


Humanitarian Award
The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual whose leadership has inspired us all to be and do better through their generosity, compassion and altruistic nature. Their unwavering dedication for the welfare of our Nashville community will inspire us all for years to come.

Margaret Ellis (posthumous) | 2019
Margaret Ellis, Inc.

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Fashion Retailer of the Year
A committee of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund executive team and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee selects this recipient from self-nominated applications based on established criteria focused on their impact on the local fashion community and support of Nashville Fashion Week.

Stacey Rhodes | 2015
Stacey Rhodes Boutique