Regional fashion conference coming by Carin Schoppmeyer | December 11, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.
Nona Davis (from left); Bruce Davis, EMERGE fashion designer in residence; Jack Avery, INTERFORM Board chairman; Robin Wallis Atkinson, INTERFORM chief executive officer; and Alex Bodishbaugh, INTERFORM curatorial coordinator welcome guests to Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week’s VIP experience Nov. 12 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Model Citizen took the stage for Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week presented by INTERFORM on Nov. 12 at Crystal Bridges. An afternoon of panel discussions followed by an evening of runway shows featuring EMERGE designers, with a VIP experience between, comprised the fashion-focused day.
Organizers say INTERFORM’s EMERGE designers’ residency program “develops fashion designer talent in the area and attracts visionaries from other regions to collaborate, train and learn from the regional creative community.”
Panel discussions saw local designers, curators and scholars having conversations about “social and environmental issues related to fashion and its connections to arts and culture,” according to a news release.
At the VIP reception, Robin Atkinson, INTERFORM chief executive officer, announced Interform Assembly will become the “first ever fashion and art biennial. Next summer in June, we will have one month of fashion and art pop-up exhibitions, experiential installations, custom retail opportunities and NWA Fashion Week in June. There will be the first ever regional CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Connects. We will bring together 12 different regional fashion organizations from across the nation, bringing all the leaders to Northwest Arkansas for a weekend in June during Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week to have the first ever conference about ‘What is regional fashion?’ ‘Why regional fashion?,’ bringing in experts from New York [and] having runway shows. Then we’ll move on to a Juneteenth fashion show in downtown Springdale, a Pride show, activations after activations after activations, art shows, retail, events.”
The VIP reception also afforded guests “an exclusive preview of the 22nd Element BLOOM collection from INTERFORM’s first EMERGE designer in residence, Bruce Davis.”
Proceeds from fashion week support INTERFORM’s community programming, including the EMERGE designer residency program, the ASSEMBLY curatorial cohort program and the MAKE free sewn trade classes.
Featured fashions on the runway came from Elizabeth by Elizabeth Koerner; Ruby Ru Designs by Ruby Moore; Brook’s Designs by Alyssa B. Ibos; N-Deed Regime by Oliver Michael Fitzpatrick; Klothed 31 by Kerrie Aaron; and Big Sister Studio by Brandy Lee.
The nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors includes Jack Avery, Andrew Zurborg, Kathleen Gonzalez, Meredith Lowry, Denise Thomas, Seth Roy, Debbie Roy, Tony Waller, Carli Rosencranz, Fei Debrum and Korto Momolu.
For more event photos — nwadg.com/photos/society.
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