NWAFW

Spring 2017

“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” – Jean Cocteau

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week

Mission:

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week exists to highlight designers, artists, boutiques and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant, inspired creative community in Northwest Arkansas.

Vision:

NWAFW strives to support and grow the local design community and remain on the forefront of fashion trends. We aim to showcase and retain the talent that makes our area unique and to act as a catalyst for future collaborative productions.

Values:
NWAFW celebrates Northwest Arkansas’ growing arts culture, raises awareness for burgeoning organizations and supports local individuals that are doing incredible things in the world.

NWAFW History

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week started as a series of fashion shows put on by individual boutique owners and clothing designers in order to raise money for local non-profit organizations. NWAFW’s Founder, Jade Terminella, had a vision of uniting the individual efforts into a collective show that would generate a much larger audience and a greater amount of support for their charities. In the Spring of 2012, Jade organized NWAFW’s first show in Fayetteville marking the beginning of Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week.

Fashion Week remained true to the original mission of the individual show by continuing to raise money for charity and encourage volunteerism in Northwest Arkansas.

The newly reorganized NWAFW will focus on supporting local designers and the design community by developing scholarships and fellowships for young designers and creating resources for creative producers to use towards building a robust fashion community

NWAFW remained in Fayetteville for 2013, but ventured north to Bentonville in 2014. During those years, NWAFW experienced immense growth in popularity and impact in Northwest Arkansas. In response to this growth, NWAFW has retained a fiscal sponsor for 501c3 giving opportunities and will pursue 501c3 status in 2017.

NWA Fashion Week continues to grow, and aims to be a pillar event each in Northwest Arkansas. Starting in 2017 NWAFW will hold events in many parts of Northwest Arkansas, creating a diversity of opportunities for cultural engagement.

leadership

Robin Wallis Atkinson | CEO and Creative Director

Robin Wallis Atkinson is a curator and arts organizer from Northwest Arkansas. One of the founding members of Art Amiss Inc., Atkinson has been an active participant in the Northwest Arkansas art community for more than a decade. After working in New Orleans, New York and abroad for several years, Atkinson has moved back to Northwest Arkansas and couldn’t be happier about it. She has worked on international arts exhibitions such a Prospect New Orleans, the ground-breaking contemporary art biennial that opened in 2008, collaborated with museums and galleries across Europe and in Asia, and has taught curatorial curriculum at the early college level in Manhattan. Her work is focused on the role of arts in the community and art’s relationship to place. In addition to curatorial work, Atkinson also serves selectively as an art consultant for private collections, providing guidance on new acquisitions to prospective art collectors. She holds BA in Art History from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York. She will enter the Walton College of Business MBA program in the Class of 2018.

Jordan Sherrod | Chairman of the Board

Jordan Sherrod took over leadership of NWAFW from Jade Terminella in 2014 and managed the organization and its stakeholders until Spring 2016. He developed a core team of volunteers to help keep the organization moving forward as it redefined its mission, vision and values. His executive position of Chairman of the Board ensures a smooth transition from past iterations of NWAFW into its new chapter beginning in Spring 2017.

Sunshine Broder | Advisory Board Member

Sunshine Broder has been involved in NWAFW since 2012 in many capacities. Her stylistic vision and talent have been put to use in many events and editorial shoots since the very beginning of the organization.