Charleston Fashion Week announces the 2012 Emerging Designer Competition semifinalists

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Update December 16: Organizers of Charleston Fashion Week have released the names of the Emerging Designer Competition: East semifinalists to compete during the 2012 fashion event. Representing 8 states, the talented designers will debut their Fall collections as part of the March 20-24th event which showcases fashion designers, models, and entertainment.

The 2012 Emerging Designer Competition: East semifinalists are: Adrienne Marie Antonson, Angela Sum, Emily C Pollard, Gil Tisdale & Dominique Verona, Hannah Goff, Hazel Bae, Jessica Patricia Krupa, Joanna Parris Lee, Jordan Lee Brooks, Keely Lauren Cansler, Kelly Elizabeth Ruehlman & Amy Cochran, Leigh Ashley Newsome, Mikasa La'Charles Horton-Walden, Nancy Faw Crowell, Nina Awasum, Ra yeon Jang, Samantha Hyman, Shelley Lucille Smith, Tsvetelina Gerasimova McAuliffe, and Vartika Vikram.

  • For more on each designer, including a short bio and photographs of their work, click here.

First reporting: Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Charleston Fashion week Emerging Designer Competition: East.

This year's fashion week is slated for five nights, March 20-24.

The competition is open to residents of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Online applications will be accepted through October 13.

You can learn more and apply online.

Here are some more details from the press release:

The 2012 Emerging Designer Competition; East, one of Charleston Fashion Week's onsite affiliated events, will showcase Fall collections from 20 aspiring semifinalists. Fashion experts will select the designers to move on to Saturday’s evening finale and the chance to walk away with a grand prize and the career-changing title. Former judges include Elle magazine’s Anne Slowey and New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, as well as Derek Blasberg, Janie Bryant, Mychael Knight, Alexis Maybank, K. Cooper Ray, Cynthia Rowley, and Carol Hannah Whitfield.

Past CFW Emerging Designer finalists who have gone on to be featured in Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, WWD, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition include; Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, Carol Hannah Whitfield, Larika Page, and most recently isobel & cleo designer Charlotte Hess. Hess, who wooed audiences and judges alike with her undeniable talent, admits the competition was a pivotal shift in her career, “CFW provided me with an incredible platform to showcase my work to a massive audience. It was an extraordinary experience, from the selection process to my final win. I couldn't imagine a more nurturing group of people to guide me into the fashion industry. I know I will continue to collaborate with the extremely talented artists, media, and producers that I met that week. The entire event was a phenomenal adventure unlike anything I've ever participated in.”