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The winner of this 12 months's Nashville Fashion Ahead Fund sees rising marketplace for fashion pictures in Nashville

Scoring an internship with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz resulted in a life altering 4 months for Brett Warren.

On the time, Warren, a McMinnville, Tenn. native, had just lately graduated with a level in graphic design and pictures from Center Tennessee State College and he dreamed of creating it massive within the extremely aggressive world of fashion pictures. It helped that the formidable photographer knew learn how to needle his manner onto excessive-profile units with the likes of celebrities such as Michael Douglas.

“It was fairly wild to be plucked out of faculty from me simply capturing my associates or capturing portraits for individuals who had been paying me to being on set with Vogue or Vainness Honest. It actually shook up my world,” Warren stated.

Warren, now 30 years previous, left New York figuring out he needed to start out his personal photography business again dwelling in Tennessee. At present, he works out of artistic co-working house WELD, the place Warren has fashion books piled on his desk for inspiration.

You could be questioning: How may a fashion photographer survive in Nashville?

Nicely, town greatest recognized for music truly has a burgeoning fashion group that has garnered nationwide consideration within the final a number of years. A report launched in January by the Nashville Fashion Alliance reveals the fashion trade contributes $5.9 billion and 16,200 jobs to the native financial system in direct and oblique influence.

Nashville boasts the biggest per capita focus of fashion firms exterior of Los Angeles and New York Metropolis, the report says.

It was working with these Nashville fashion firms that helped advance Warren’s pictures profession. After gigs at CMT and Perky Bros, he spent a 12 months working with well-liked tie maker Otis James overseeing artwork path and pictures, and he’s photographed campaigns for flourishing designer Cavanagh Baker, womenswear model Ona Rex and famous Alabama designer Billy Reid.

“Working in Nashville is lots of enjoyable as a result of lots of the folks I’m capturing for are my associates. My pal Ashley has Ona Rex, it’s been enjoyable to see her model develop and see what it’s changing into and make her designs look the perfect they'll for folks around the globe,” Warren stated.

Warren’s rising profile earned him the eye the Group Basis of Center Tennessee this 12 months and he was chosen as the primary photographer to obtain the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. The fund was established in 2011 to acknowledge and assist advance the profession of a neighborhood fashion trade skilled.

“I’m very, very honored,” stated Warren, who utilized for the fund years in the past however didn’t win. “I do know I’m not the primary fashion photographer on the town and so many individuals have executed nice work for therefore a few years and I’m grateful to all of them. I’m simply actually grateful to get to do that now.”

With the cash from the fund (which averages $5,000), Warren plans to go to London and Paris to work for per week, photographing fashions and taking conferences with editors and designers. He additionally plans to go to the Nationwide Portrait Gallery in London to see the work of his favourite photographer, Tim Walker.

Warren’s objective is to develop his pictures enterprise from Nashville whereas he takes extra frequent journeys to New York. Subsequent up: encouraging massive firms to shoot campaigns proper right here in Music Metropolis.

“It’s actually cool to see (Nashville’s fashion trade) get nationwide consideration for the good issues taking place right here, as a result of I’ve all the time believed and felt like what’s taking place right here is getting higher and higher each season,” Warren stated.

Fund recipients: The place are they now?

See what two previous winners of the Nashville Fashion Ahead Fund are so far.

Eric Adler Bornhop: This Nashville menswear designer was the recipient of the Fashion Ahead Fund final 12 months, and he plans to make use of the cash to do a commerce present on the finish of the 12 months, more than likely in Chicago or New York. Eric Adler Clothes has emerged as a prime fashion model in Nashville after Bornhop debuted his clothes line throughout Nashville Fashion Week in 2014 as one of many 10 rising designers.

Julianna Bass: Womenswear designer Julianna Bass used the Fashion Ahead Fund to go to the Bread and Butter commerce present in Berlin to know the European market. The journey impressed her to maneuver to Berlin, the place she met her investor and began her label formally in 2014. Bass moved the corporate to New York Metropolis in 2016 however continues to take frequent journeys to Berlin. Her assortment is offered in boutiques around the globe and on

Nashville Fashion Week: When you go

This 12 months’s Nashville Fashion Week is April four-eight with fashion occasions throughout town. Ticket proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week profit the Fashion Ahead Fund of The Group Basis of Center Tennessee.

Occasions embrace Store Nashville Week with particular occasions, trunk reveals and offers at space boutiques every day; an Intro to Metalsmithing lab to make your individual pearl bangles from p.m. to three p.m. at Margaret Ellis Jewellery on April four; Nashville Designer Showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at OZ Arts Nashville on April four; Rising Designer Runway Present from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Union Station on April 5; tour of Elizabeth Suzann’s studio from 12 p.m. to p.m. on April 6; Alabama Chanin Intro to Hand Stitching Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Aurora Nashville on April eight; and the Nashville Fashion Ahead Gala at 6:30 p.m. at Monitor One on April eight.

See the total Nashville Fashion Week schedule and ticket particulars at

Attain Lizzy Alfs at or 615-726-5948 and on Twitter @lizzyalfs,

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