Our 2018 Portland Fashion Week Production Team, with nearly 100 cumulative years of Fashion Show and related event production experience.
portland fashion week Executive Producer and Founder Tod Hunter Foulk
PFW LLC and Portland Fashion Week Founder Tod Hunter Foulk nurtures some very deep roots within the fashion community at large.
Besides piloting the third oldest Fashion Week in the USA and most sustainably produced Fashion Week in the world, he is a multi generational fashionista who first began attending Fashion Shows as a child with his paternal grandmother, herself a former high fashion model in the 1920's. He has run his own successful label under The DoubleCross Belt Co., building a thriving and talented local Portland Fashion Community in the process as well as expanding his multi faceted knowledge of the fashion and design industry. A knowledge possessed by few living producers.
Aside from producing Portland Fashion Week, Mr. Foulk has produced a few other fashion related events over 15 years.
In 2005 Mr. Foulk was invited by Patrick Minga Minister of Tourism of Ecuador to come and produce Ecuador Fashion Week from the Guayaquil Hilton Hotel.
Mr. Foulk was also invited the same year to play promoter for Studio 54 in the MGM Grand Hotel, an invitation which still stands today.
In 2006 Mr. Foulk was invited by then Portland Mayor Tom Potter to produce the first ever fashion show from a City Hall anywhere in the USA, a Fashion Show which drew critical acclaim at The National Mayoral Conference and was later lauded for helping to foster sustainable fashions in the public eye and helped grant it a viable future in the USA.
In 2008 he was again invited to produce a Fashion Show, this time for the Blue Ocean Events Corp on The Better Living Show- at one time the largest sustainable trade show in the world. Here his SEMPER Fashion showcase presence became the most attended, most talked about and most anticipated of all the Better Living Show Events, each held over 3 days every spring to nearly 20,000 attendees. Beginning with a mere 100 square feet in 2008 to eventually being placed on the main stage and accorded nearly 4,000 square feet after 7 years, Mr. Foulk conducted hourly fashion shows and sustainable hair and make up seminars to the eager attendees. Showcasing nearly 100 sustainable designers including NIKE, Pellligroso, Columbia Sportswear and Linda Loudermilk herself alongside such notable Green celebrities as Daryl Hannah, Ed Begly Jr., Ovie Mugheli, and Remy Chevalier 1950's child model and protege' to ELLE Founder Helene Gordon Lazareff, in the process.
Mr. Foulk is also the original producer of "The Big Chill" Winter Fashion Show. Beginning in Nov. 2008 it was produced for Widmer Brewing Co. to showcase their Season Ale. Drawing nearly 1,000 in attendance each year and incorporating fashions from such labels as Patagonia, NIKE, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear and Scott it was 3rd in scope to PFW and the Better Living Shows and aside from the Rock the Runways series, dwarfed the nearest fashion events in size and scope.
Also in 2008 Mr, Foulk was selected from hundreds of individuals to help NASA as well as Dreyden Rocket Base select new logos and select garments for their tourist shops, and was later asked by Space Ex to help design their upcoming space suits. An offer Mr. Foulk politely declined due to time constraints and frankly no knowledge of anything remotely related. Though he was deeply honored and remains so to this day, as well as confused as to why he was asked in the first place.
In 2010 he was personally asked to produced "Avant'', an Avant Garde Fashion Show for Lady Gaga and the Arena Management Corp. as a private industry event for her Portland, OR appearance and was gifted with a personal invite list of 400.
In 2010 Mr. Foulk was also quietly approached by a consortium of local businessmen to run for mayor of Portland, however he declined the offer.
He was soon asked by a City Council Member to Head The Office of Portland Fashion, a City Office which would have been created specifically for him to help the fledgling Portland, OR fashion industry. Again Mr. Foulk politely declined and was then informed his was the only name brought up and the matter was then rested.
In 2011 he was asked to produce a fashion related element within EcoPalooza the world's first ever solar powered concert! Held over 2 days in early summer from Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square it drew thousands to the sustainable lifestyle. An event which was carried over to the next year with Mr. Foulk's participation as well.
His late summer 2011 "Fashion on The Square" was a public free event drawing nearly 2,500. Produced for the Paul Mitchel Company and from the world famous Pioneer Courthouse Square, it was held as a lead in for a Rock the Runways later in the evening and featured a mini sample from the featured designers of the Rock the Runways show.
During the 2012 PFW Hiatus when Mr. Foulk restructured the company, he was still very active in the community. FOX 12, the local FOX News affiliate station crafted a commercials specific to Mr. Foulk and his unique look, and being the man he is Mr. Foulk was able to tap 4 of his closest friends to be featured along side him as on screen talent in what then became a series of lead-in commercials for the "Good Day Oregon" program. Leads in which went on to win a Day-Time Emmy Award for the "Best Lead-in to a Morning Talk Show" category.
In 2013 Mr. Foulk brought Rock the Runways to an ending after 10 years to better concentrate on Portland Fashion Week. From RTR 10 the attendees were treated by a rare appearance of the world famous Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread, a fixture in the Portland scene as the featured musical artist along with his band, The Killer Granddaddies.
In 2014 Mr. Foulk was asked by Anthropologie to help them select local designers for a secret project and though it did not come to fruition it was a terrific introduction to some great names in the industry and once again proved the PFW was a major player in the industry.
In 2015 Mr. Foulk was interviewed in depth over Portland Fashion Week by The Council of Fashion Designers of America as part of a private report outlining flaws within the fashion show production industry. A report later used as a litmus with the final outcome being that the Mercedes Benz Automobile Corporation after a long run was no no longer sponsoring the IMG Inc New York Fashion Week. He was the only Fashion Show Producer interviewed in such a capacity.
in 2015 Mr. Foulk was also asked to help launch within the Portland market the new collaborative day time tv show with Chrissy Teigen by Tyra Banks from the KGW studios.
A busy year, Mr. Foulk also began a relationship with the US State Dept playing host to out of town dignitaries and now is a Fellow with the "Young Leaders of America Initiative" working with 15 Latin and Caribbean Nations on sustainable fashion practices.
Mr. Foulk has most recently begun an annual charity golf tourney under the PFW umbrella and hopes to get the "Fashionable Runners Squad" Charity Running Team up and ready for some local marathons.
To date since 2000, Mr. Foulk has produced nearly 150 individual and charity related Fashion Shows and industry related events. Raising millions of dollars for the economy and hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.
portland fashion week executive producer fiona foulk
PFW Executive Producer has been involved in fashion for most of her life.
Beginning in 2000 as an accessories designer under her own label "The DoubleCross Belt Co." she was lauded at one time for being the youngest active fashion designer in the USA.
Miss Foulk was very instrumental in the early years of Portland Fashion Week helping her father with promotion, production, street teams and as a general barometer to bounce ideas around with where fashion and style were concerned.
Miss Foulk was also a featured celebrity designer in the very first "Power of The Purse 2006" Fashion Show benefiting Girls Inc. NW from the Portland Art Museum. Here her custom hand bag co-designed by her Maternal Great Grandmother fetched nearly $1,000.00 and was one of the highest bid purses of the night.
After studying English is College she returned to PFW in 2015 as Producer, and then as Executive Producer in 2017 a title which she carries in the 2018 season.
Her deep roots in the region and being a 6th generational Oregonian herself, Miss Foulk embraces the sustainable and eco-chic lifestyle in not only her profession but daily life as well.
Hailing from the bedroom community of Scappoose, Oregon, she enjoys the best of both worlds and the unique lifestyle which our area affords. One moment she can be enjoying migrating birds, the tranquility of the Willamette river and hills of Washington Park in the distance from her front porch but be in the heart of the city directing a fashion event in just under 30 minutes.
In her spare time Fiona enjoys nature, Country Western Music, song writing, singing, baking and DIY crafts whenever she can indulge in any of them.
Miss Foulk takes her position as Executive Producer very seriously and will be personally initiating a few sustainable aspects regarding PFW in 2018, in additiona to playing hostess at PFW 2018 industry parties and events.
portland fashion week in haus photographer tim ward
Mr. Ward was born in a small fishing village in Scotland, and as he came to the USA when he was but 2 years old, he sadly doesn't have the cool accent of his forefathers.
Tim grew up all over the over the country, mainly in the south, but finally settled in the Pacific NorthWest where he finished high school and ultimately joined the United Sates Marine Corps. After 4 years of anti-terrorism security and being a infantryman during Operations Desert Shield/Storm, he received a Com coveted Combat Rifleman's Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon and left the Corps with a honorable discharge before rejoiningthe civilian world.
Mr. Ward's love affair with photography began in 1986 while in the "Vocational Photography" program at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, WA.
He learned his craft on 35mm B&W film and moved into medium and large format film. Since the digital age he's retired his Nikon F100 & Bronica MF cameras for the Canon 5D MK III's and has never looked back.
He now calls Oregon his home, and when not photographing Portland Fashion Week, weddings, maternity sessions or portraits, he works in an IT position supporting a team of Mac users.
Portland fashion week producer Sabrina Starks
Sabrina was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating Dental school, she went into the Dental office field. Within two years she proved with her strong work ethic she could move up the ladder quickly and went from Dental Assistant and the front desk to becoming the youngest Office Manager the company has ever employed.
In 2014 she transferred her love of Family and Community on by creating Portland’s West Side first and only Premier Drag Show, naming it “Burning Up!” While in its first year she then ran for and Won one of Portland’s prestigious and highly coveted Honors of becoming Ms. Gay Portland, where she continued her Love & dedication to Portland’s Gay community. Sabrina focused her efforts on the Youth and Unity within the community, giving them not only a Voice with her support but, also creating and establishing “The Youth Revolution” a non-profit organization spotlighting Events and Shows catered to Our Youth.
It was during this time she met and fell in love with one of Portland’s first female Dj’s and becoming engaged in 2017. Sabrina soon became partner, Booking Agent, Marketing Director in charge of Promotions and Social Media Guru, adding to her already incredible list of talents with her Fiancé’s Company, Money Mobile Music.
But, if you were to ask Sabrina what her greatest achievement or accomplishment is she would tell you it is being a “Mom” nothing gives her more joy or fulfillment than raising her son and being with her Family.
portland fashion week Director of graphic arts patrick ''star lord'' nickelson
Patrick Nicklelson is Portland Fashion Week's Director of Graphic Arts and uses his position as a creative outlet for his prodigious artistic and graphic talents.
In his third year as Director of Graphic Arts, Mr. Nickelson is also a graduate of the Art Institute of Portland, where he studied graphic design.
As the PFW Director of Graphic Arts he is responsible for concepts and execution where all graphic design is concerned.
Working with the Portland Fashion Week Graphic Arts Team has been a ''rewarding and valuable experience'' and Mr. Nickelson is responsible for some novel ideas including our paperless nightly programs and sustainable printing aspects as well as our company logo.
Another multi-generational Oregonian, Mr. Nickelson lives just outside the bedroom community of St. Helens, OR and wouldn't have it any other way.
Country living and classic Chevy restoration are his hobbies and he can always be found with a sketch book or drawing book of ideas tucked under his arm.
He is also a huge Portland Winter Hawks fan and season ticket holder, with hockey being his favorite sport.
Mr. Nickelson wants all to know he is both honored and humbled to serve in his current capacity with Portland Fashion Week and wants everyone to look forward to the upcoming 2018 Fall Series.
portland fashion weekin haus dj cowboy todd hunter
With nearly 4 decades in the music and entertainment industry, DJ Cowboy or as he is known to his mother Todd Hunter, is a Jack of all trades and Master of more to boot.
Working on numerous concerts and parties over the decades with international superstars such as Prince (whom he grew up with) Janet Jackson, and George Clinton to keep the lengthy list short, DJ Cowboy has also owned and managed a few nightclubs but now finds himself touring America and providing the back drop for Portland Fashion Week and related Portland Fashion Week parties.
DJ Cowboy is also actually an internationally recognized foodie,being asked by trendy and popular eateries from every state in the nation and is well known for his culinary knowledge.
Followed by many awaiting his next restaurant recommendation, DJ Cowboy is Portland Fashion Week's resident "Food Inspector", a position much coveted within the organization.
You can find him every October behind the turn tables at PFW and the biggest clubs in the US the rest of the year, as well as on weekly reruns of "Grimm", "Leverage", and now "The Librarians" currently running on TNT.
portland fashion week producer elizabeth gordon
Elizabeth Gordon is a world traveler, meditation & metaphysics teacher, energy worker, animal lover, vegan, yoga baby and former Hollywood
Elizabeth worked as an actress and producer in Los Angeles for 13 years doing theatre, TV, film and events. Her film projects have been seen
at festivals in the USA and abroad. She has also worked in the publishing industry at such titles as Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Bon Appetit & The New Yorker.
Elizabeth moved to Portland in 2014 and is thrilled to be working with Portland Fashion Week!
portland fashion weekback stage director julie schabert
Julie Schaber is a native of the northwest but has traveled nationally and internationally with various theater and production companies.
She has been a go to person, holding positions as an artistic director, writer, producer, director, costume designer, choreographer, make up artist, story board artist, lighting and set designer, booking agent and performer in her own right.
We are glad to have Julie as our go to person in event development and at the helm as our Back Stage Director in charge of production and event planning
Portland Fashion Week Styling Director Chris Vandehey
Over 40 years in the Beauty business Mr. V. continues to grow and hone his exceptional Hairdressing skills.
A native Oregonian, he is owner of Style on 2nd a downtown Portland, Oregon styling icon for 34 years.
As a national educator for Aquage Hair Care Products for the last 17 years, Mr. V. has traveled extensively in America educating from salon and stage.
Mr. V.'s work has been feature on the cover of "Modern Salon Magazine", has been published multiple times in numerous Hair Industry National Magazines as well as in "Modern Salon", "Hot Hair", "Launchpad", "Inspired", and "NW Magazine".
This spring Mr. V. c's work can be seen being featured at the showing of "Creative Hair Art" at the ARFU Gallery In Portland Oregon.
For the last 5 years Mr. V. has been the Creative Director for" Taste of Style" chairing a fundraiser benefiting The Oregon Food Bank.
Mr. V is also a North American Hairdressing Awards Finalist.
director of photography nina sage
Portland Fashion Week Director of Photography Nina Sage is also owner of Nina's Photography.
Mrs. Sage has occupied this position since 2005 and is considered the very the best runway photographer in the region.
Hailing from Comox, British Columbia, her love of nature and the outdoors is reflected in her subject matter.
Besides fashion she has a love for her fur friends and is now making a name as the pre-eminent fur baby photographer in the Pacific Northwest.
Her Nina's Photography studio is a 200 square foot, full service photography studio located in the trendy East Bank Omsi area and is open to the public for rental on an hourly and daily rate.
Portland Fashion Week Producer Damani Proctor
A 3rd generation native Oregonian, Mr. Proctor's family came to Oregon in the 1890's and have been here in the Portland metro area ever since.
Being born and raised in the Pacific northwest and coming from a strict Christian background emphasizing dedication, perseverance, and hard work promoted a healthy life style and dedication to duty attitude which Damani proudly caries to this day.
His unique personality, wise, polite, easy going, trust worthy, hard working, and slow to anger endear him to the entire production staff, and all are happy to tackle projects with him.
Recently graduating with his 3rd degree in Microelectronic, Mr. Proctor's first degree and second degrees being Mechanical Engineering Tech and Aerospace Engineering respectively. Along his academic career he has worn many hats, including working as a civil space contractor and student representative for NASA.
He continues his work in various research and development projects but always tries to make time for Portland Fashion Week here on earth.
Mr. Proctor also has an active acting career working in the film industry where he can be seen in commercials, films, various photo shoots, set work and art projects too numerous to list.
As an artist he can be found at his work bench doing fine scale modeling, writing, painting, draw and in the kitchen doing creative cooking as he is an avid student of molecular gastronomy.
His hobbies also include his deep love of aircraft, begun at age 3 when he had his first flight in the copilot's seat.