F.A.B.R.I.C. in Tempe, Arizona Showcases Project Runway Fashion Designers

FABRIC Tempe co-founders Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry flank a lovely lady at the 2 year anniversary runway show.

Photos, story by Cassie Hepler

Bravo TV’s Project Runway designers hit Arizona’s “hautest” runway in an exclusive fashion show to help celebrate F.A.B.R.I.C.’s two-year anniversary in November 2018. F.A.B.R.I.C. Tempe is a collaboration to combine apparel manufacturing resources, creative professionals, co-op work space, events, industry training and more. Partially funded by Downtown Tempe, it is Arizona’s fashion headquarters. Services include design and manufacturing (tech packs, patterns, grading marking, cutting, no minimum sewing), event spaces (co-working offices, event space, photo studios, meeting space), education (classes, private lessons. fashion business consultations, camps) and resources (AZ Fashion Directory, calendar, jobs and news).

F.A.B.R.I.C. is also home of the AZ Apparel Foundation, a non-profit providing the knowledge and resources to foster Arizona’s fashion industry featuring emerging brand scholarships, wearable tech research, manufacturing 2.0, community partnerships, community programs and services. It also host a medley of other creative talent, located inside includes:


AZ Fashion Source

Windy City Media


The Fabric Studio

Bombshell Beauty

Arizona Artisan’s Collective + Grotto Gallery

Angela Johnson Design

Center Stage Suits

Your Wedding Affair

Tiger Lily Dress Shop

Designers who came to Tempe to celebrate included Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq and Samantha Black. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to supporting the AZ Apparel Foundation’s mission to provide Arizona’s emerging designers and brands with innovative, small batch manufacturing and strategic business resources, so they can build sustainable fashion businesses locally. But enough about the space and businesses, let’s see some fresh fashion!

Look for the telltale sign on the building at FABRIC Tempe in Arizona.

The runway all set and ready to go at FABRIC Tempe. To the right there was an array of sandwiches and fruit which was fantastic going from back to back events!

T-Shirt Ballgown is co-founder Angela Johnson’s company and we’re pretty sure you can see why at FABRIC Tempe.

An artist works on a cactus painting from Grotto Gallery.

Huge props to the sponsors who support creatives at FABRIC Tempe.

A new(s) friend was made, the emcee Jaime Cerreta on CBS5 at FABRIC Tempe.

First up on the runway was Richard Hallmarq at FABRIC Tempe.

Featured on Project Runway season 11 was Designer Richard Hallmarq from Sacramento, CA at FABRIC Tempe.

Long leather sleeves at FABRIC Tempe.

Rocking the runway at FABRIC Tempe.

A little sparkle at FABRIC Tempe.

Men can rock onesies too at FABRIC Tempe.

For winter in Arizona, this looks tempting AF in FABRIC Tempe.

A cape is always in style at FABRIC Tempe.

Sleeves of a different color at FABRIC Tempe.

We like the detail at FABRIC Tempe.

Lots of cozy looks at FABRIC Tempe.

Her face is completely shrouded at FABRIC Tempe.

Men’s fashion is important too at FABRIC Tempe.

We had a short intermission about some upcoming purses at FABRIC Tempe.

The red purse in question at FABRIC Tempe.

To give a designer a few more minutes, Angela brought up a teen fashion designer prodigy at FABRIC Tempe.

Next up, Devon Rose at FABRIC Tempe.

Not a fan of bib overhauls but this style works well at FABRIC Tempe.

A little Dracula vibe with this sleek leather jacket at FABRIC Tempe.

Loving the netted contrast of black and white at FABRIC Tempe.

This seems perfect for snowy weather at FABRIC Tempe.

Those velvet pants are everything at FABRIC Tempe.

When you don’t want to roll out of bed at FABRIC Tempe.

Cute little number at FABRIC Tempe.

For when the sun goes down at the pool at FABRIC Tempe.

Chic and comfy at FABRIC Tempe.

Flowing and glowing at FABRIC Tempe.

Velvet everywhere at FABRIC Tempe.

Our favorite outfit of the night at FABRIC Tempe.

A sassy little outfit at FABRIC Tempe.

Bringing the 80’s back with those shoulders at FABRIC Tempe.

And last but not least, the Ethar Collection fashion designer’s dresses were gowns in beautiful baroque designs at FABRIC Tempe.

A little chat session at the end with some of the designers at FABRIC Tempe.

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