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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK® ANNOUNCES SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE 2010 EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION: SOUTHEAST

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Media Contact: Vail Duggan
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CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK® ANNOUNCES SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE 2010 EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION: SOUTHEAST

For Eight Emerging Fashion Designers in the Southeast, The Holiday Season Just Got Better!

(December 16, 2009) Charleston, SC - Only four weeks after the highly anticipated finale of Project Runway with 2008 CFW finalist Carol Hannah Whitfield, Charleston Fashion Week® announces the eight semifinalists for the 2010 Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast.


The Emerging Designers chosen to début their spring collections on the opening night of Charleston Fashion Week® include Barbara Beach, Julia Faye Davison, Chelsie Ravenell, Anna Lassiter and Jamie Lin Sniderfrom South Carolina, Larika Page from Georgia, Hannalei Taylor from North Carolina, and Uriel Zamora from Florida. Three (3) finalists will advance to the design challenge of the competition which culminates under the tents in Marion Square on Saturday, March 20th. The Grand Prize winner will receive; a free runway show at CFW 2011, a booth at the AmericasMart® Atlanta Apparel Market, a $15,000 website from F22 Design, and $1,000 cash prize.

Charleston Fashion Week® 2010 will truly be a celebration of aspiring designers past and present, as 2008 CFW Emerging Designer and Project Runway finalist, Carol Hannah Whitfield will début her collection during the Bridal Couture Show. When asked about returning to the Lowcountry after her success on Lifetime’s reality show she eagerly replied, “I cannot wait to come back home! I've been looking forward to Charleston Fashion Week with anticipation, and I'm so happy to be a part of it again.”

Sponsored by the Art Institute of Charleston, the Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast (EDCS), is just one of the marquee events taking place March 16-20th. With its mission to find and cultivate undiscovered talent in the realm of fashion, the regional competition continues to receive national media attention and support. Rick Jerue, President of the Art Institute of Charleston adds, “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to sponsor the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast. As a leader in fashion education, we feel this partnership is a perfect fit. The competition supports our goals to nurture talent in the southeast and foreshadows the impact these young designers have on the fashion industry at large.” Submissions for the 2010 competition were received from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

For more information on Charleston Fashion Week®, for media credentials, or to learn more about the 2010 Emerging Designer semifinalists visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com.


2010 EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION: SOUTHEAST SEMIFINALIST

URIEL ZAMORA - CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR FROM: FLORIDA
LARIKA PAGE - CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR, FROM: GEORGIA
JULIA FAYE DAVISON - CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR, FROM: SOUTH CAROLINA
CHELSIE RAVENELL - CATEGORY: MEN & WOMENS, FROM: SOUTH CAROLINA
HANNALEI TAYLOR - CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR, FROM: NORTH CAROLINA
JAMIE LIN SNIDER - CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR, FROM: SOUTH CAROLINA
ANNA LASSITER – CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR, FROM: SOUTH CAROLINA
BARBARA BEACH - CATEGORY: CHILDREN’S, FROM SOUTH CAROLINA




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