Got Fashion? Apply for the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund

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While Nashville Fashion Week is still months away (spring of 2013 — dates to be announced soon), it's not too early to be thinking about the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is currently seeking applicants for the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award. The fund, established in 2011 at the inaugural Nashville Fashion Week, provides finances for professional development to a deserving member of the fashion industry who has ties to Middle Tennessee. The NFF Fund, inspired by the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) and their work through programs such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, was created to ensure that Nashville Fashion Week can have a long-term impact on Nashville's creative talent.

Wondering if you're a qualified applicant? If you're professional (not that kind of professional ... we're talking about designers, photographers, stylists, fashion publicists or hair/makeup artists) working in the the fashion industry and you have ties to the Middle Tennessee area, you are eligible to apply. So do it, right here! You have until Oct. 31, so get to it.

Last year's winner, Julianna Bass, hails from Pulaski, Tenn., and studied apparel and costume design at MTSU and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Bass, who launched her first collection in 2008 and showed at both the 2011 and 2012 Nashville Fashion Weeks, used her prize money to attend trade shows and markets in Europe.

Here's some of Julianna's work:

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  • Image via juliannabass.com

The recipient will be chosen by a committee of the Community Foundation's board, and the winner will be announced in early 2013.

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