​INDFW20 Emerging Designer Competition


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 2020 will have will have access to:

  • Opportunities in Indiana & global fashion industry
  • Mentoring & critiques by international fashion industry experts
  • Recognition on local and national media outlets
  • Professional-quality runway show production
  • Professional portfolio building opportunities
  • Business planning and implementation training


  • $5,000 cash prize to use toward ​a new collection (review disbursement ​information)
  • Two (2) round trip airline tickets to New York
  • Hotel accommodations in New York
  • Lunch with fashion industry professional
  • Two (2) access passes to New York fashion industry event

​Official Rules

It is imperative that you understand the terms below ​prior to submitting your application.
Click here to view terms & conditions

The application will close on ​Wednesday, March 1​8, 20​20 at 11:59pm (EST).

The competition is open to designers in the United States.

​​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 move on to compete during Indiana Fashion Week 20​20.

Semi-finalists will be announced publicly on ​Wednesday, ​March 25, 20​20.

Selected Semi-finalists will be required to:

​Attend two (2) designer intensives in preparation for Indiana Fashion Week
Pay a reduced fee of $500 to cover production costs
(Deposit of $250 due by April 8, 20​20 / Final payment due by April 22, 2020)
​​Design and construct five (5) ​looks to present on ​June 2​0, 20​20 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
Saturday, April ​18, 20​20


​Topic: ​Design & Leading a Fashion Brand

​Online Designer Intensive
Saturday, May ​8, 20​20

​Topic: ​Production & Sustainability

Online Designer Intensive
Saturday, May ​23, 20​20

​Topic: ​Sales & Retail

​Judge Critiques
​Saturday, June 2​0, 20​20

​(Attendance is required! Points will be deducted if late or absent)

Indiana Fashion Week Runway Show
Saturday, June 2​0, 20​20
​7:00pm - 10:00pm
​(Call Time TBA – Plan for full day)

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