NWA Fashion Week exists to highlight designers, boutiques, artists and other market leaders who are committed to creating a vibrant and inspired creative community in Northwest Arkansas. The NWAFW team is committed to educating and empowering our community, raising awareness for local non-profits and encouraging volunteerism in Northwest Arkansas.
NWAFW is managed by volunteers, and supports many of Northwest Arkansas’ local nonprofit organizations. NWAFW’s mission is to educate the public of upcoming fashion trends and designers, celebrate Northwest Arkansas’ growing culture, and raise awareness of NWA organizations that are doing incredible things in the world.
NWA 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 founding members each brought with them the charity they supported individually, which is how NWAFW got connected to each of the charities that it supports today.
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 became an Arkansas Non-profit and filed for 501c3 status.
NWA Fashion Week continues to grow, and aims to be a pillar event each in Northwest Arkansas.
Northwest Arkansas is an extremely generous community, and we are honored to help 11 hard-working organizations.
We are proud to supported by these amazing individuals and companies.