Wilmington Fashion Weekend recently announced the move to an extended schedule with the introduction of Wilmington Fashion Week. Scheduled for March 28 – April 4, the week also celebrates the return of DREAMS Center for Arts Education as the event’s nonprofit partner.
Wilmington Fashion Week was created to shine the spotlight on the fashion design community through support of local emerging designers and the promotion of organizations like DREAMS. Colby Byrd, owner and principal designer of Shelton Metal, embodies the mission of WFW. Last year, Byrd was named designer of the year for his jewelry line and DREAMS recognized his prominence in the Wilmington design community. After fashion week, Byrd was offered a teaching position at DREAMS and spent the remainder of 2014 expanding his businesses and sharing his metal working skills with local children.
“Becoming a teacher at DREAMS has given me new appreciation and love for what I do,” said Byrd. “When you talk about art empowering a community, DREAMS is exactly that. Teaching these children different art forms and then being able to show them firsthand the business side and community support of that very same art form is incredible.”
DREAMS was founded locally in 1996 and offers free after school arts education to economically disadvantaged children. Remarkably, over the past five years, 100 percent of their students have graduated high school and gone on to pursue higher education or serve in the military.
Ten percent of ticket sales for the Wilmington Fashion Week runway shows will benefit DREAMS Center for Arts Education. Proceeds will be used to fund and increase the programming offered to the DREAMS students.
Wilmington Fashion Week is currently accepting applications for the Emerging Designer Showcase, a competition that brings the best local design talent together on one runway.