Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) has selected the Top Design 20 semifinalists to compete in its sixth annual Emerging Designer Competition: East (EDC:E), to be held March 19-23, 2013, in conjunction with CFW. CFW has also selected a winner for its Emerging Bridal Design Competition. The EDC:E has been instrumental in helping aspiring fashion designers break into the industry by providing the tools of the trade and unprecedented exposure to fashion’s biggest names.
Chosen from hundreds of applicants throughout 21 states, the Top Design 20 Emerging Designer semifinalists will each create a full Fall 2013 collection to be debuted on CFW’s runway this March before judges select one Grand Prize winner. In addition, CFW has selected Brooke Ray as the 2013 Emerging Bridal Design winner, and will debut her collection at CFW's Charleston Weddings magazine Spring Bridal Show on March 23, 2013. The producers of CFW, the renowned launch pad for careers in fashion, will assist the semifinalists again this year with model casting, hair and makeup, and overall production for their Charleston Fashion Week shows.
The 2013 Top Design 20 Emerging Designer Competition: East semifinalists are: Afriyie Poku, Callie Nichol, Cassidy Brown, Clarissa Arocena and Bryan Datinguinoo, Hope Wallace, Hyemin Cho, Jazsalyn McNeil, Karen Hulse, Katherine Barron, Kendra Duplantier, Kita Nolley, Lulu Long, Mary Katherine Schweitzer, Megan Huntz, Monisha Pillai, Roz Morris, Sabrina Spanta, Serena da Conceição, Stephanie Waldrip, and Victoria Cid. The 2013 Emerging Bridal Design winner is Brooke Ray.
On the panel of fashion experts that selected the Top Design 20 were fashion designers and CFW veterans, Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos, both of whom have gone onto great success including NBC’s Fashion Star, and Cator Sparks, editor in chief of TheManual.com. Mr. Sparks, an acclaimed fashion industry journalist, has written for a variety of publications including T Magazine, The Huffington Post, ELLE Décor, Vanity Fair, and Style.com. Modern Trousseau's Callie Tein and Charleston Weddings' Melissa Bigner were additional panelists for the Bridal Design Competition.
Charleston Fashion Week® 2013 takes place March 19-23, 2013. For more info on CFW, alumni success stories, bios on the 2013 Top Design 20 and Emerging Bridal Design Winner, and to purchase tickets before it sells out, visit charlestonfashionweek.com.
About Charleston Fashion Week®
Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Charleston Fashion Week® is one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. The 2013 event will be held under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, featuring more than 45 runway shows, the Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East, and Rock the Runway Model Competition™. Charleston Fashion Week® 2013 is scheduled for March 19-23. For more information, visit charlestonfashionweek.com.