Redding Fashion Alliance Announces Sewing Scholarships & Emerging Fashion Designer Fund

 In Community Vitality

In December 2017, the Redding Fashion Alliance received a grant from The McConnell Foundation to activate an underutilized space in downtown Redding (details here). As a successful year draws to a close, the Redding Fashion Alliance team has done even more than expected. In addition to hosting the first-ever Redding Fashion Week, pop-up retail events, and classes for students of all ages, they are now announcing the establishment of two funds to serve the fashion community:

First, the Redding Fashion Alliance has created the Irene Acenas Youth Sewing Fund and the RFA Scholarship Fund to provide opportunities for education in sewing and fashion design. Scholarships will be awarded to cover the cost of sewing classes and all equipment is provided. Apply here:

Second, they have created the Kimberly Nicole Woods Boney Emerging Fashion Designer Fund to support two new designers each year with the funds, access to equipment, and mentoring that will aid them in launching a collection. Awardees will receive $1000 to be used on materials, equipment and/or supplies necessary to complete the collection. Each awardee will have full use of the RFA maker space for one year, and will be granted free access to all classes and workshops offered through RFA. The selected designers will be expected to complete and show at least three garments in the RFA Fashion Show Gala held during Redding Fashion Week in September 2019. Apply here:

Want to get involved in the Redding Fashion Alliance community? Here are 2 ways to take part:

  1. Head downtown to check out their Holiday Open House Shopping event December 14th from 5-8pm at 1698 Market Street (corner of Market & Placer). Details & RSVP here.
  2. Check out the class schedule for 2019 and sign up!



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