Competition Overview


The INDFW Emerging Designer Competition was designed  to provide educational, ​entertainment, and exhibition opportunities for emerging designers both in-state and nationally. Semifinalists chosen to showcase during the Indiana Fashion Week 2021 will have will have access to:

  • Opportunities in Indiana & global fashion industry (as these are presented)
  • Mentoring & critiques by international fashion industry experts
  • Recognition on local and national media outlets
  • Professional-quality runway show production
  • Professional portfolio building opportunities
  • Design planning and implementation discussions


  • $5,000 manufacturing scholarship to be used toward manufacturing collection (review disbursement ​information and what part of manufacturing the scholarship can be used towards.)
  • Full scholarship to attend the 2021 IFF Emerging Designer Incubator (Hosted Fall 2021)
  • In person Lunch or personal Zoom Meeting with fashion industry professional

Official Rules

The competition is open to designers in Indiana and the Midwest.

Interested fashion designers will be required to…

  • Submit an online application
  • Submit a portfolio of their work in PDF format

Eight (8) semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of fashion industry experts.

Semi-finalists will be announced publicly on Thursday, July 8, 2021 and will move on to compete during Indiana Fashion Week 2021.

Selected Semi-finalists will be required to…

  • Attend three (3) designer intensives in preparation for Indiana Fashion Week.
  • Pay a reduced fee of $500 to cover production costs (Deposit of $250 due by June 30, 2021 / Final payment due by July 7, 2021)
  • Design and construct five (5) looks to present on August 21, 2021 during Indiana Fashion Week

Regarding Participation Fee: We are a community-driven platform and this fee is an diminutive portion of vast resources needed to bring this opportunity to Indiana. We look forward to creating opportunities that can aid you in your career.

Competition Schedule


Online Designer Intensive

Time: 11:00am
Topic: Design & Leading a Fashion Brand


Online Designer Intensive

Time: 11:00am
Topic: Production & Sustainability


Online Designer Intensive

Time: 7:00Pm
Topic: Sales & Retail


​Judge Critiques​ (In-Person)

Time: TBA (Morning/Afternoon)
Location: TBA

Attendance is required! Category points are deducted if you are late or absent.


INDFW21 Runway Show

Time: 7:00pm
(Call Time TBA)

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Before you apply...

It is imperative that you understand the competition terms prior to submitting your application.
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Applicants are required upload a professional portfolio of their work in PDF format.

Emerging Designer Application

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