Emerging Designer Competition Overview

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“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

 

MISSION

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.

OVERVIEW 

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.

 

NEW!

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.

 

PRIZE PACKAGES

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.