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Local designers, business owners, artists and creatives will present a series of events this spring to showcase the best of Richmond’s fashion community.

Richmond Fashion Week kicks off its 14th year on April 25 with a two-day market featuring streetwear fashion and swimwear. It ends on May 1 with a final fashion show at the Altria Theater Ballroom.

Other events include a workshop for entrepreneurs, a photography showcase and performances in the Downtown Richmond Arts District, the Science Museum of Virginia and the Hilton Downtown Richmond.

“Our goal is to shine a light on the fashion, design, music and photography that make Richmond unique and contribute to its culture and economy,” said Jimmy Budd, executive producer of Richmond Fashion Week.

“As a long-running community event,” says Budd, “we also want to use our platform to raise funds and awareness for local charities.” Spring Fashion Week will benefit HomeAgain, Honor Loan, Network of Enterprising Women, NAMI Virginia and Forward Foundation.

RVAFW traces its beginnings to Virginia Commonwealth University, where students launched the precursor to RVA Fashion Week in 2008. The shows are run by volunteers and include the spring and fall seasons.

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Monday April 25 and Tuesday April 26

Event: The Exchange: RVAFW Marketplace “benefiting from a loan of honor
When: 5pm-11pm
Or: Tang & Biscuit, 3406 W. Moore St.
What: The two-day event features fashion shows showcasing streetwear fashion and swimwear, with local vendors selling jewelry, clothing and accessories. Doors at 5 p.m. both days. With creators Falln, Resort 44, Follow Dory, Mama Jo’s, Curvy Body Ivy, PLV, RJ Brands, La Voute Couture, King Drew Customs and Rumors. Catch party band Weekend Plans ends day 2 at 9 p.m.

Wednesday April 27

Event: The Creative Suite II: an industry Wednesday affair
When: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Or: Black Iris, 321 W. Broad St.
What: This interactive networking and photography experience features designers Ego Death and Castano Moda Fina, and photographers Michael Hostetler, Mx. Bex and Byron Wimbish.

Thursday April 28

Event: Arts District Fashion Show Dinner
When: 7pm-11pm
Or: Quirk Hotel, 201 W. Broad St.
What: A fashion show showcasing businesses in Richmond’s downtown arts district, benefiting HomeAgain. Featured boutiques include 707, Chilalay, 68 Home, Mod&Soul, The Spot, Liznel, The MSQ Shop, Blue Bones Vintage and Collective RVA.

Event: WEAR RVA fashion show
When: 7-9 p.m.
Or: Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St.
What: A fashion show from Richmond nonprofit WEAR RVA, with proceeds going to the Network of Enterprising Women Richmond, VA scholarship fund. Ticket information at

friday april 29

Event: America = Fashion Workshop: no entrepreneur left behind
When: 7:30 p.m., with Networking After Party from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Or: Vagabond, 700 E. Broad St.
What: Dr. Michael Time presents a workshop for local arts and culture entrepreneurs. An RVAFW Social follows at Vagabond with cocktails, music and food provided by Mama J’s. Tickets $15. 21 and over.

Saturday April 30

Event: Self-Care Saturday: HIIT and Yoga Classes
When: 10 a.m. to noon
Or: Hilton Downtown Richmond, 501 E. Broad St.
What: HIIT to Fit class led by Kadija Ariyibi, followed by a soothing yoga class from Michelle Lee Landon of One Drop Yoga.

Event: Self-Care Saturday: Networking at Vagabond
When: 4-7 p.m.
Or: Vagabond, 700 E. Broad St.
What: A social event featuring live R&B music artists StayAtHomeDad, Kaay Taurus, RMZY and Zhé Aqueen alongside DJ Markus Gold with catering from Mama J’s.

Sunday May 1

Event: RVAFW Final Runway Fashion Show
When: Doors at 5 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m.
Or: Altria Theater Ballroom, 6 N. Laurel St.
What: Our final fashion show highlights the best of Virginia’s trendy, high-end and luxurious designs. Featuring Von Stitch, Inceptual Sara, MAS, Kamala, Keziah, Liznel Official, The Suit Brother, CCH Collection, Sisters Boutique and 707. We will also feature the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as a community partner, with student designs from VMFA’s Teen Styline Program. The event will benefit the Forward Foundation.