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.


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.

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. 

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.

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


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

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.

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

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.  

Dean Wegner | 2016
Omega Apparel

Cherylann Stephens | 2015
AMAX Talent


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