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The fashion industry encompasses a diversity of professional & creative roles that already exist in other business sectors and economic categories. Investing in fashion-centered programs is an innovative way to attract & retain talent while supporting initiatives focused on sustainability, education, and workforce development.

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November 6, 2021 — 6:30pm

Columbia Club | 121 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204

The IN Fashion Honors Gala & Annual Fundraiser is a night designed to honor individuals who are making significant contributions to the fashion industry — both locally and globally — while also supporting the work and mission of IFF.

Get Tickets to the Gala

A limited number of tickets to attend the IN Fashion Honors Gala & Annual Fundraiser is now available.
Click the link below to purchase your tickets.

Sponsor a 2022 Award

Throughout the course of the night, we will present six (6) awards recognizing individuals who have contributed to the mission of Indiana Fashion Foundation and to the fashion industry at large. There are opportunities for companies/organizations to sponsor individual awards.

Award sponsorship benefits include...

  • Exclusive presenting rights (“Presented by…”)
  • Company table for 6 during the gala
  •  Stage recognition at the gala
  • Logo on Indiana Fashion Foundation website
  • Opportunity for company representative to present award

Awards Being Presented

The Legacy Award is the highest honor given by Indiana Fashion Foundation. It recognizes an individual whose journey and contributions aid in creating or expanding a legacy of inclusivity and opportunity within the fashion industry. The recipient of this award is one whose tenacity and focus have charted pathways for innovation and community, especially for those who have been traditionally underrepresented or underserved.

The Industry Award recognizes an individual whose contributions have aided in establishing fashion as a viable economic and/or cultural category within Indiana communities. The recipient of this award exhibits commitment to and passion for ensuring the longevity of Indiana’s fashion industry.

The Designer Award recognizes an Indiana-based designer who has exemplified Indiana Fashion Foundation’s mission to bridge fashion-focused initiatives to economic power while creating positive social impact. The recipient of this award is one who has established themself, not simply as an artist, but as an entrepreneur and change agent.

The Future Leaders Award recognizes a school-aged student who has exhibited a commitment to pursuing a career in the fashion industry. The recipient of this award is an individual whose passion and focus has set them on a path of college and/or career readiness.

The Collegiate Award recognizes a college/university student who is pursuing a degree in fashion and exhibits strong initiative in establishing themselves in the Indiana market. The recipient of this award is one whose dedication to learning extends beyond the confines of their academic work.

The Community Award recognizes an individual that has exhibited a deep passion for and dedication to supporting the mission of Indiana Fashion Foundation. The recipient of this award is one who has consistently provided opportunities, connections, and/or resources to aid in the building of the organization and the community it serves.

If you are interested in sponsoring an award, send us an email at

2021 IN Fashion Honorees

Legacy Award

Picture of smiling women with light brown hair in braids, with sliver long circled earrings, wearing a black top.

CaSandra Diggs

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

Community Award

Cawthon 2021

Casey Cawthon

VP, Marketing & Communications
Indy Chamber

Future Leaders Award


Ella Kistler

Designer / Founder
E360 Designs

Industry Award


Polina Osherov

Executive Director

Collegiate Award


Nate Beaman

Fashion Merchandising Senior
Ball State University

Designer Award

Nikki Blaine

Designer / Owner
Nikki Blaine Couture

Donate to Silent Auction

Donating to the silent auction is a creative way to support Indiana Fashion Foundation.

Silent auction donation benefits include...

  • Logo on Indiana Fashion Foundation website
  • Stage recognition at the gala
  • Logo placement in auction display area

Consider donating items such as...

  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Handbags / Luggage
  • Perfume
  • Clothing Certificates
  • Makeup
  • Dining Certificates
  • A Private Catered Party
  • Lunch/Dinner with a Celebrity
  • Concert
  • Theater
  • Symphony
  • Movie
  • Comedy Club
  • Sporting Tickets
  • Use of a Skybox 
  • Museum Memberships/Passes
  • Electronics (Smart Phones, Tablets, Computers, Media Players, Fitness/Smart Watches, Xboxes, Wii’s, Games)
  • Bottles/Cases(s) of Fine Wine
  • Autographed Memorabilia
  • Hotel Stays
  • Airline Tickets
  • Complete Package Trips (Hotel, Airfare, Meals, Event Tickets) 

If you are interested in donating to the silent auction, send us an email at

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