Emerging Memphis Designer Project

The Emerging Memphis Designer Project was built out of a need in the Memphis community for local emerging designers to present their pieces to a wider audience.  Memphis Fashion Week and EMDP liaison Sonin Myatt and her team, works with selected designers through a seven month process to educate and promote local designs.  At the end of the process Memphis Fashion Week hopes to see the designers grow their skills, promote their businesses and enhance the design industry in Memphis.

Each fall a call is issued for sketches .  Designers must present new designs for Spring/Summer and should have sales less than $50,000/year as a fashion designer. Selected designers have approximately six months to make their designs runway-ready by selecting fabrics, creating patterns, sewing their pieces, and fitting models. Finally, they present designs on the runway with professional  models, hair, and makeup. EMDP showcases teen collections, single designs and mini collections from more than 30 emerging Memphis designers. Collections are judged by local fashion insiders and winners receive a partial scholarship to Arrow Community Education classes, cash prizes and a membership to Arrow Creative.

Alumni Designers

2019:

Teen Collections

Aggie Muller

Emerson White

Trinity Rogers

Jayla Dionn Slater

Kira Cunningham

Symiah Saulsberry-Winner

Single Designs

Jeanye Lewis

Avianne Robinson

Breanna Mansel

Lakeisha Jackson

K. Nicole Covington

Erik Lawriski

Jo Carol Harris

Patrice Muncel Shaw-Brunson

Maegan Partee

Erica Buckley

E'riel Sade Seaberry

Jeannie La Bate

Trakeia Williams-Winner

Lauren Denton

Lacy Mitcham Veteto

Rylie Furlong

Morgan Burns

Jalicia Owens

DeVario Looney

Dyneesha Bradley

Kaylah Kinney

John Durden

Mini Collections

Jessie L. Woodson-Winner

Antzee Magruder

Memphis Fashion Week issues a call for sketches each fall.  Designers must present new designs for Spring/Summer and should have sales less than 50,000/year as a fashion designer. Selected designers have approximately six months to make their designs runway-ready by selecting fabrics, creating patterns, sewing their pieces, and fitting models. Finally, they present designs on the runway with professional models, hair, and makeup at Memphis College of Art. EMDP showcases both single designs and mini collections from more than a dozen emerging Memphis designers.  Collections are judged by local fashion insiders and winners receive a partial scholarship to the Memphis College of Art Continuing Educations classes and a membership to The Lab by Memphis Fashion Design Network, a $600 value.

2018:

Teen Collections

Moziah Bridges

Gabrielle Smith

Jayla Slater

Erik Lawriski

Single Designs

Tonya Tate

Jalicia Owens

Meredith Olinger

Avianne Robinson

Heather Oles

Katarina Guenther

Kolby Covington

Lindsey Widick

Mini Collections

Casey Beck

Danielle Pierce

2017:

Teen Collections

Gabrielle Smith

Jayla Slater

Meggy Muller

Kolby Covington

Avianne Robinson

Single Designs

Madison Sessions

Khasi McDaniel

Pamela Saavedra

Lindsey Widick

Laurel Amatangelo

Lauren Jeu

Heidi Newsom

Casey Beck

Jennifer McNeil

Jennifer Williams

Lindsay Chastain

Mini Collections

Mary Ambrose

Zoe Vu

2016:

Single Designs

Meggy muller

Rachel Echnoz

Casey Beck

Zoe Vu

Dara Branson

Shakia Couch

Lindsay Chastain

Lindsey Widick

Denise Beckett

Avianne Robinson

Kathryn Heard

Christina Dang

Terial Lee

Meredith Olinger

Mini Collections

Mary Ambrose

Tara Skelley

Andrea Fenise

Tiena Gwin

2015:

Single Designs

Lindsay Chastain

Maggie Dandridge

Meredith Olinger

Cierra Wilson

Kathryn Heard

Camilla Curran

Rachel Echnoz

Mini Collections

Adrian Duke

Clara Seigler

Tiena Gwin

2014:

Single Designs

Clara Seigler

Michael Lopez

Princess Adams

Caitlyn Hay

Nicholas Adrian Hall

Kathryn Heard/Allie Buckmaster

Jalona Falkner

Donna Hathaway

Star Hawks

Meg Saunders

Molly Doan

Andrea Whitehead

Heidi Newsom

Mini Collections

Sarah Hascher-Nowlin

Laurel Amatangelo

Tara Skelley

2013:

Single Designs

Dina Anderson

Megan Travis Carr

Nick Adrian Hall and Aharon Thomas

Elizabeth Crider

Najee Strickland

Terial Lee

Brittany Jones

Regina Dickerson

Karen Krog

Molly Doan

Mari Givens

Sara Hascher

Madison Miller

Mini Collections

Star Hawks

Tara Skelley

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