VA Fashion Week Mission Statement
VA Fashion Week was formed in 2007 with the purpose of showcasing emerging designers and models from up and down the East Coast and to establish a world-class fashion event in Southeastern Virginia.
After eleven seasons of growth and increased recognition we are enthusiastically planning VAFW 2019 to be the year that surpasses all expectations.
The VAFW Team
ANN WARD LEISTER
Ann Leister is the owner and director of Splash Model Management and has produced
or co-produced muliple fashion shows. In addition, she has cast actors and models in regional and national commercials, TV shows, magazines and ad campaigns as well as placed models with agencies in major markets. She has a BA from The College of William & Mary and experience in real estate, advertising, human resources, video production, and the arts. She's also a published author with books available on Amazon.
Ann regularly attends fashion events in New York including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, as well as shows in Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami, Ann created the concept that has become VA Fashion Week as a way to bring NY style fashion shows to the Hampton Roads area and to spotlight the design talent, models, and creative talent that call this region home.
Ron Cooke is a nationally recognized fashion coordinator and stylist to
the celebrities having produced fashion shows during New York’s Fashion Week as well as in DC, Atlanta, Miami, and other regions. His
company Rogue Productions has worked with world renown designers, politicians, athletes, musicians, and actors. Ron is also an established stylist having dressed an assortment of
today’s hottest celebrities including Alicia Keys, Danny Glover, Lela Rashon and many others for various magazines, commercials, and events. Ron has worked with Ann on VA Fashion Week from the first show on.
Ron will be coordinating many of the designer shows, as well as organizing many of the backstage activities in VA Fashion Week.
Jennifer Leister, associate producer, has been assisting with fashion shows for the past ten years and been an independant producer, stage manager, and stylist for the past 6 years. A graduate of The College of William & Mary, she is available to assist any designer with their set-up, fittings, dressers, and any needs or concerns they may have. Jennifer is also is a contributing writer for several blogs and media publications as well as a speech writer and social media specialist. Most recently she has worked as a campaign manager for regional elections. Jennifer always works diligently with her clients promoting their brand.
Diana D’Angelo, make-up director, has spent 8 years working as a freelance makeup artist, designing looks for fashion shoots, weddings and more. During this time she seized the opportunity to study with Laura Mercier and Nars Cosmetics. She has experience doing commercial work, New York Fashion Week shows, and editorial makeup. She has been published in People Style, Stylecaster.com, Auxiliary magazine, Crains NY Business, and The Guardian.
Her celebrity clients have included Brooke Shields (actress/model), Ava DuVernay (director), Amy Landecker (actress), St. Vincent (musician), Neko Case (musician), Mavis Staples (musician), Anna Kaiser (celebrity fitness trainer) to name a few. Now, Diana D’Angelo brings her versatility, and creative artistry from New York City to the Virginia Beach area. She has already shown her skills as the key makeup artist for The Town Center Fashion Show. Learn more about Diana at BeautyinVA.com
LAURIE SEDOR, production and marketing associate, is an experienced stylist, booking agent and fashion manager bringing her skills in organization, marketing and fashion styling to VA Fashion Week 2018.
Splash Model Management
3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. # 149
Virginia Beach, VA 23452