Fish (Nolan Navarro) has walked the runway of some of the most cutting edge domestic and international shows, including New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. The Rio Grande Valley model is  a mentor for others who want to venture into the fashion industry. Check out past Neta coverage to learn more. Because of his contributions and support for the RGV creative community Fish was selected as part of Neta’s  RGV Creative and Cultural Fellows. In a major milestone for RGV fashion, Fish and colleagues along with the City of Brownsville and the Main Street District Advisory Committee announced the first ever Brownsville Fashion Week.

Fish, RGV Creative and Cultural Fellow.

The celebration of local icons, talent, and resistance in fashion will take place May 23rd through the 26th. The inaugural year’s theme is “THE START”, as the event serves both as a tribute to the origins of Brownsville’s fashion and arts scene and as a welcome to its new era as an ever-evolving, one-of-a-kind force of expression, resilience, dissent, and joy from a proudly binational community.


The locations for the shows are visual and cultural landmarks of the city of Brownsville and represent its varying inspiration. For example, when first constructed in the late 1920’s El Jardin was a bustling social hub where celebrities and the most fashion forward along the frontera would be found.  Now the building lies derelict, holding on to the gilded beauty that once adorned its halls. Other sites like Alice Hope Park, where the border wall is a visible background, touch on more contemporary issues such as immigration and the militarization of Mexican-American border. The site specific runway shows will be artistic responses to the topics of cultural identity, local history and the current socio-political state of the border.


Brownsville Fashion Week will include seven runways featuring emerging talent from the Rio Grande Valley in the fashion industry including; designers, models, and stylists. The shows will prioritize local artists whose style ranges from warm and embracing, nostalgic traditionalism to future-facing, norm-frustrated avant-garde. Models and designers will be radically diverse. 

As part of the Neta RGV Creative and Cultural Fellows program Fish is hosting a call for designers. Three selected designers will create 6-10 avant-garde looks for a runway show and receive a $400 stipend, assistance from an experienced seamstress for alterations, and studio space to create in Historic Downtown Brownsville (studio space is subject to change). Additionally one stylist will be selected and receive access to pull up to 30 complete looks from Valley Family Thrift in Brownsville, Texas.


Emerging designers and stylist interested in participating should fill out the following application. Deadline to apply is April 29th.