The people behind Richmond’s growing fashion industry will shine a light on some of the best talents across the city and throughout Virginia in a series of events April 22-28, marking the 11th year of RVA Fashion Week.
More than 3,500 people are expected to attend a wide variety of events, including runway shows, panel discussions, networking opportunities and the return of a Cultural Fashions Showcase from actor, director, and producer Tim Reid.
RVA Fashion Week features locally produced shows and brands that bring together a diverse fashion and art community. Designers collaborate. Disciplines find creative inspiration from one another. Aspiring models meet seasoned veterans.
The WEAR RVA charity fashion show, happening Thursday, April 25, gives young women from Richmond-area high schools the opportunity to walk the runway, raising money for The Network of Enterprising Women’s high-school scholarship fund.
RVA Fashion Week reinforces the economic and cultural impact of art, fashion and design on the Richmond area — and has begun drawing interest and talent from across Virginia, says Jimmy Budd, executive producer of RVA Fashion Week.
The week also showcases photographers, stylists, jewelry makers, bloggers, and musicians. Venues include Black Iris Social Club, RVA Event Space, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Richmond, Gather Short Pump, Stony Point Fashion Park, Venture X Richmond and the Renaissance.
A small group of students at Virginia Commonwealth University launched what would become RVA Fashion Week in 2008. The shows, all run with volunteer effort, have served as a springboard for new talent, too. A Fredericksburg-area model who walked in last year’s shows recently appeared on the cover of Vogue Japan.
RVA Fashion Week also includes a fall weekend, Oct. 11-13, and benefits the Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond — a 37-year-old nonprofit that promotes successful homeownership, revitalizes neighborhoods, and helps displaced war veterans find homes.