Fashion is for Every Body

Designer Laura Citron’s runway finale for On the Runway 2019

 
 

Challenging stereotypes and changing lives using the transformative power of fashion. That’s what Fashion is for Every Body is all about.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

We use fashion as a language to promote body-positivity and self-esteem while seeking inclusion for adults of all ages, sizes and physical abilities within the fashion industry. We accomplish our mission by facilitating partnerships between designers, boutique owners, brands, photographers, and non-traditional models through endowments, photo shoots, video interviews and an annual runway show.

 
 

Our Programs

Our programs change the way our participants see themselves and are seen by others. The relationship to fashion can be about your own worth. You can find your voice and transform your life when you find your clothes.

Through our projects we discourage self-segregation and encourage inclusion and interactions with other models, fashion designers, stylists, hair stylists, and makeup artists.

 

Annual Runway Show

We use adult models of all ages, sizes and physical abilities along with professional, sample-sized models in a high-fashion production wearing local designers and brands. Our runway reflects the diversity of life in a beautiful parade of fashion.

see featured photos from 2018’s show
 


videos

Video:  Searcy Studio s

Our video interviews feature models and designers at various stages during their journey with us discussing their expectations, experiences and evolution as a result of our programs. We also have behind-the-scenes and full fashion show runway footage.

Watch the interviews

Photo Shoots

Photo:  Jen Stalvey

Our photo shoots take place four times a year. We pair a designer with a few of our models, add hair and makeup, a photographer and venue. The result is an editorial shoot that highlights designer clothing in an unexpected, beautiful manner.

see the latest photo shoot
 


Kimmie Jones Adaptive clothing pattern award

Named after one of our most important models, this award is given to one designer a year to create an adaptive clothing pattern. That pattern is then available for custom order in a range of sizes, which offers people with disabilities fashionable clothing options.

read more

 
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October 2017

“The [2018 runway] show featured 32 models — including a dozen professionals — ranging in age from 18 to over 60, sizes 00 to 28 and of varying physical abilities.

They showcased original, personalized looks by designers A Lady of the Lake, Eric Adler, Black by Maria Silver and Any Old Iron. The show’s inclusivity “is not done anywhere else, as far as I know.” “The future of Nashville is inclusive,” Searcy said. “We all belong here …That’s what we’re all about.”

The Tennessean

 

 
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Get Involved

We are 100% donor and sponsor funded, which means we rely on you to fund and staff our programs. Because we are a 501(c)3 organization based in Nashville, Tennessee all donations are tax-deductible.

 

Contact Us

Contact us with questions and requests for a media kit with the latest information and resources about Fashion is for Every Body

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer your time and talents to help us implement our programs and fulfill our mission.

Make a Donation

Help fund our quarterly photo shoots, interviews, adaptive clothing endowments and annual inclusive runway fashion show.

 
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