EMDP was created to help cultivate local designers to ensure that Memphis stays on the map as a location to be creative and fashionable.
A few things you will need to know about EMDP:
MFW is looking for designers of all ages and skill levels to submit between 1-5 complete looks for a chance to showcase their designs on the runway with professional models, hair and makeup. MFW will pick designers looks to fill the Emerging Memphis Designer Project runway shows, EMDP Singles and Mini Collections. Looks should be created for Spring/Summer 2016. All looks must be new designs created for this specific season.
DESIGNER APPLICANT OPPORTUNITIES:
SINGLES: Designers may submit between 1-3 looks to be a part of the EMDP Singles Showcase. Looks do not have to be a cohesive collection, but should be fashion forward designs for Spring/Summer 2016.
MINI COLLECTION: Designers should submit 5 cohesive Spring/Summer 2016 looks to be applicable for the EMDP Mini Collections Showcase.
Once chosen, each designer will receive $40 per look to purchase materials and complete their garments. Through out the designing process designers will have mandatory check-ins with MFW, giving each designer one-on-one mentoring. Designs will show during the Friday evening runway show as well as through out stores in Memphis leading up to MFW.
WINNING DESIGNER: One designer from each category will be chosen as the Judge's and People's Choice designer. The winner will receive a VIP goodie bag from Memphis Fashion Week, a scholarship to the Memphis College of Art Continuing Education fashion program, and a secured spot in next year's Memphis Fashion Week.
DEADLINES: Applications and submissions should be dropped off at Eclectic Eye's Midtown store (242 S. Cooper) no later than September 14th for MFW board review. All questions about EMDP should be directed towards firstname.lastname@example.org. Eclectic Eye will not be fielding questions regarding submission.