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"Emerging Designer Showcase"

VAFW seeks and supports a community of up-and-coming and undiscovered talent in the field of fashion design.

The mission of the VAFW's Emerging Designer Showcase is to offer a platform for aspiring designers living in Virginia and surrounding areas to showcase their talent on the runway at VA Fashion Week and gain the attention of national press and regional buyers.

In our 2017 shows we will be showing six emerging designers; designers who have not previously shown a full collection (15 looks or more) at a VAFW show in the past 4 years and have not shown their current collection at any venue within 50 miles of Norfolk VA. These six designers will present their collections on Sunday November 5 at Gallery 21 on 21st St in Norfolk VA.

A panel of judges will pick their favorite designer of the night; that one winning designer will be receive a full refund of their entry fee and will be invited to show again in the final showcase on Saturday November 11 and will be awarded an editorial fashion photo shoot with the images to be featured in the online magazine Fashion Week Collections.

In addition, we reserve the right to select one emerging designer to debut her/his collection in our November 11 show based on early images submitted and prior experience of designer.

 

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DESIGNER PACKAGES

I. Emerging Designer and Vendor Package $450 Includes:

Up to 40 Looks
4 Guest Tickets
Vendor Space 8' x 8' to Show and/or Sell
Inclusion in Web Site with Photo, Link to Website
Inclusion in Magazine with Photo, Contact Info
Entry in Design Competition
Models From Splash/VAFW Model Pool
Hair and Makeup Artists
Access to Photos From Show for Web Usage
Access to Video From Show for Web Usage
Showcase will be Sunday November 5, Gallery 21 Norfolk VA

II. Emerging Designer $350 Package Includes:

26 to 40 Looks
2 Guest Tickets
Inclusion in Web Site with Bio, Photo, Link to Website
Inclusion in Magazine with Photo, Contact Info
Entry in Design Competition Models From Splash/VAFW Model Pool
Hair and Makeup Artists
Access to Photos From Show for Web Usage
Access to Video From Show for Web Usage
Showcase will be Sunday November 5, Gallery 21 Norfolk VA

III. Emerging Designer $250 Package Includes:

10-25 Looks
2 Guest Tickets
Inclusion in Web Site with Photo, & Link to Website
Inclusion in Magazine with Photo, & Contact Info
Entry in Design Competition Models From Splash/VAFW Model Pool
Hair and Makeup Artists Access to Photos From Show for Web Usage
Access to Video From Show for Web Usage
Showcase will be Sunday November 5, Gallery 21 Norfolk VA

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RULES & REGULATIONS

1. For 2017, VA Fashion Week will showcase emerging designers on Sunday November 5 in Couture, Ready-to-Wear, and Swimwear. There are no age restrictions and both individual designers and design duos will be accepted; those under 18 will need parental/guardian permission to apply. If designer applying is part of a design team, both designers should be listed on application however, if accepted, only one entry fee will be required. Designers are permitted to work with a seamstress. Emerging designers from outside the Hampton Roads area are welcome to apply however each designer is responsible for his/her own lodging and transportation.

2. All designers in the Emerging Designer Showcase on Sunday night must show a collection of a minimum of 10 complete looks. VA Fashion Week reserves the right to edit or pull looks if our stylist feel it is not appropriate. Each entry must be an original creation, not a direct copy from a pattern or existing design. Use of recycled materials is encouraged but designs must be completely new and original, not altered or “up-cycled” from previous items. All clothing items for each look must be original creations with the exception being shoes, undergarments, or hosiery. Designer may include accessories with their looks if accessories were created by the designer or design team or if supplied by an acknowledged sponsor/contributor.

3. Models for the runway competition will be provided by VAFW and Splash Model Management as will hair and makeup and music. Female models are generally 5'8"-6' tall, sizes 0-14 (most are size 2-4, we will have 2-3 curves models available upon request). Male models are 5'11"-6'3", jacket 38-42, waist 30-33. If any designer wants to bring their own models, they must audition and be approved by VAFW production team. As we plan to "live-stream" the runway shows and upload to YouTube, we prefer that the music used is either by emerging artists who have given signed permission OR music that is considered to be public domain. This is to avoid copyright conflicts that can result in videos deleted, accounts suspended, and possibly fines.

4. All designers and models must sign a release form allowing photos and video images to be used by Splash Model Management, VA Fashion Week, and all sponsoring organizations. This may include broadcast usage.

5. If any of these rules or regulations are not followed, Virginia Fashion Week has the right to refuse participation in the event and all investments will be forfeited. If you are unsure about something, contact a VAFW representative who can give you more information.