One of the most successful fashion weeks in the country, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) is launching their 8th annual Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus.
CFW’s Emerging Designer Competition started as a local competition for Charleston-based aspiring designers but has grown into a pathway to national success in the fashion industry.
Ayoka Lucas, Style Director for CFW and Carolina Style Icon, says “The Emerging Designer competition serves as a platform for undiscovered talent and connects them with fashion industry insiders who are looking for the next top designer. We have seen Emerging Designers go from the Charleston Fashion Week runway to being featured on CNN, VOGUE, Marie Claire, ELLE, WWD and other major media outlets. Plus many have had their collections picked up by stores such as Anthropologie, BARNEY’s New York and Neiman Marcus.”
Interested designers can begin submitting their applications now through October 14th, 2014. Semifinalists will be chosen and notified by late fall. Semifinalists will show their collections on the runway, March 17th– March 21st,to an average of 1,000 attendees per night including industry experts such as fashion icon Fern Mallis.
“Charleston Fashion Week provides a unique platform for emerging designers from the east coast: I especially love that it fosters new talent and gives aspiring designers an opportunity to present their collections and ideas on a professional runway,” says Fern Mallis- Creator of New York Fashion Week, host of 92Y Fashion Icons series & SiriusXM Fashion Insiders w/Fern Mallis.
The Grand Prize Winner will be selected and announced on the final evening of CFW 2015 and will be awarded a prize package valued at over $30,000. For more information, rules and regulations, please visit CFW’s Emerging Designer Competition: East.