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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.

2024 NBAF Fashion Forward: A Competition for Student Fashion Designers

NBAF Fashion Forward honorees are selected by a distinguished panel of judges and receive a cash prize of $1,500.

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

  • Currently enrolled 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.
  • Must be available to attend Fine Art + Fashion 2024 on March 27, 2024.

The 2024 NBAF Fashion Forward honorees will be presented at NBAF's Fine Art + Fashion Benefit on Wednesday, March 27 2024 in Atlanta, GA.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 26 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. To get started, download the Fashion Forward Fact Sheet to learn more about the application requirements.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Fashion Forward Coordinator, Page Yang, at

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