Established in 2010, the Fashion Forward Student Design Competition was created to recognize student fashion designers of African descent who have distinguished themselves through their academic achievement, talent, creativity, and innovative approach.

2023 NBAF Fashion Forward: A Competition for Student & Emerging Fashion Designers

NBAF Fashion Forward honorees are selected by a distinguished panel of judges and receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a showcase at Neiman Marcus. 

The award is open to students of African descent who are:

  • Currently enrolled or have recently graduated (year 2021 and 2022) in an accredited college or university fashion design degree program.
  • A student in good standing in an accredited college or university fashion design program.
  • Possess leadership qualities in their personal life and professional aspirations.

Award Competition Categories:

  1. Fashion design students currently enrolled in a fashion design degree program.
  2. Recent graduate design students from a fashion degree program (2021 and 22).

         *There will be 2 winners in each category.

The Fashion Forward honorees will be presented at NBAF's Fine Art + Fashion Benefit on Thursday, April 20, 2023 in Atlanta, GA.

For more info or to apply, please email Judy Hanenkrat at

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