Photograph by Pale Girl Photography
“Charleston Fashion Week gives aspiring fashion designers the opportunity and platform to present their collections on a professional runway and share ideas with true industry professionals. I am pleased to be a part of the event for the seventh year!”
-Fern Mallis, author and creator of New York Fashion Week
Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) seeks and supports up-and-coming fashion designers, giving those selected to participate in the Emerging Designer Competition (EDC) an opportunity to launch their career. The mission is simple: Develop new talent by offering an interactive platform where designers learn first hand from top fashion experts about the industry, show a capsule collection on a professional runway for nearly 1000 attendees, and are given the opportunity to meet local & national media, buyers, and stylists.
Top Emerging Fashion Designers submit an online application. Semifinalists are selected by a panel of fashion industry experts to show a collection at Charleston Fashion Week® in March. Those select designers will present one look backstage from the collection to a Fashion Panel of judges prior to showing their collection of eight complete looks on the runway. Emerging Fashion Designers selected as Finalists by the Panel to move on will show a cohesive collection of twelve complete looks for the opportunity to be named the Grand Prize Winner and receive a prize package valued at $40,000.
Additionally, event attendees will have a chance to vote for their choice Emerging Fashion Designer collection shown on the runway at Charleston Fashion Week®. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the end of each evening's Emerging Fashion Designers shows and will receive a $250 cash prize.
Top Emerging Accessory Designers submit an online application. Semifinalists are selected by a panel of fashion industry experts to display a collection at Charleston Fashion Week® in March. Those select designers will present eight collection pieces on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. A Fashion Panel of judges and attendees will vote for their favorite Emerging Accessory Designer, where one Semifinalists to be named the Top Emerging Accessory Designer Winner will receive a prize package valued at $5000.
Emerging Fashion Designer Grand Prize Winner (valued at over $40,000*)
- $10,000 cash prize
- $10,000 online marketing and promotional package from F22 Internet Solutions
- Private lunch and mentoring opportunity with an industry leader
- Featured Designer runway show at Charleston Fashion Week® 2019
- Collection displayed at Charleston Fashion Week® 2019
Emerging Fashion Designer People’s Choice Winner
- $250 cash prize (awarded to one Emerging Fashion Designer** each evening during Charleston Fashion Week®, Tuesday, March 13 – Saturday, March 17, 2018)
Emerging Accessory Designer Winner (valued at over $5000*)
- $500 cash prize
- Opportunity to host a trunk show at a Charleston venue
- Featured Accessory Designer display at Charleston Fashion Week® 2019
*Charleston Fashion Week®, its parent company, and all affiliates are not liable for any prizes not delivered as agreed by third party vendors.
**Only Emerging Fashion Designers qualify for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Winner Package items. Emerging Accessory Designers are excluded.