2016 Baker Motor Company CFW Annual Emerging Designer Competition


2016 Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® Launches Annual Emerging Designer Competition

Event celebrates 10th year with $40,000 Prize Package for Emerging Designer winner,
including $10,000 cash

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW), one of the leading fashion weeks in the U.S., is launching its 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.  The 2016 Grand Prize winner will BE awarded a prize package valued at over $40,000, including $10,000 cash, an internship during New York Fashion Week Fall 2016, a private lunch with fashion industry icon Fern Mallis, and a private showing at the retail store In Support Of in NYC and more!

Jacqueline Lawrence, production director for CFW, states “Emerging Designers are the future of fashion, and our competition serves as a platform for undiscovered talent and connects them with fashion industry insiders who are looking for the next top designer.  Our event is a place designers get discovered, gain national exposure in the media, and hob-knob with some of the biggest tastemakers in fashion.  We have seen EDs go from the CFW runway to BEing featured on CNN, 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.”

CFW’s Emerging Designer Competition: East is now accepting applications through October 12, 2015.  Semifinalists will BE chosen and notified by late fall.  Semifinalists will show their collections on the CFW runway, March 15 – March 19, 2016, to an average of 1,000 attendees per night, including industry experts such as Fern Mallis.  “CFW 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, and host of 92Y Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis series.

For more information on entry requirements, including the rules and regulations, please visit CFW’s Emerging Designer Competition: East.



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