This year, they're doing it all again in late September with fresh faces, and you could be one of them. They're currently on the hunt for Nashville's next emerging designer, whom they'll feature at the festival's runway show next to two national designers who haven't been named yet. It's great exposure from lots of well-connected local folks who hope to elevate Nashville talent to national and international heights. The winner not only gets to show their stuff, but they'll also be featured in a short fashion film made by a local filmmaker, and receive a stipend, prizes, and — the invaluable prize — mentoring sessions from Imogene + Willie owners Matt and Carrie Eddmenson, and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. (If you don't know who those folks are, you can't call yourself a Southern designer.) Apply at Belcourt.org starting next Friday, Jan. 28. Deadlines and deets after the jump.
Competitors will engage in an application process that includes producing a full look inspired by great American road movies. The winner of the nD Emerging Designer competition will show his or her runway looks alongside two visiting national designers at the nD Festival’s fashion show, slated for Fall 2011 at the Belcourt Theatre. Open to any Nashville-area designer over the age of 21, there is no fee to participate in the competition. The deadline to submit the first round of application materials is Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Applications and guidelines will be available online at Belcourt.org as of Friday, Jan. 28.
To join fashion with film, a Nashville independent filmmaker will incorporate the nD Emerging Designer’s winning looks into a short film that will screen during the nD Festival fashion show. The winner will also receive a stipend and other prizes to go toward production of the featured collection and mentoring sessions with nationally known designers Carrie and Matt Eddmenson, and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin.
The nD Festival will take place in late September 2011 (specific dates TBD).