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Birmingham Fashion Week releases list of 12 Emerging Designer semifinalists for 2014

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Birmingham Fashion Week announced the 12 semifinalists for the 2014 Emerging Designer competition. (Photo via BFW/Facebook) Birmingham Fashion Week announced the 12 semifinalists for the 2014 Emerging Designer competition. (Photo via BFW/Facebook)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham Fashion Week announced Wednesday the 12 semifinalists for its 2014 "Emerging Designer" competition.

According to a release, the dozen applicants selected are college and post-graduate students from across Alabama who submitted fashion designs for a chance to see their work come to life on a "nationally recognized runway" next month. Birmingham Fashion Week has dedicated one night of its 5-day event specifically for the up-and-coming designers. Contestants will put their designs on display the night of April 22, which is one day after the event kicks off.

"The designs submitted this year are phenomenal," Heidi Elnora, Co-Founder of Birmingham Fashion Week, said in the release. "Providing a platform for fashion design students to showcase their ideas is what makes Birmingham Fashion Week. It is an honor for us to launch their dreams into reality."

On the final day of fashion week, Apr. 26, the field of semifinalists will be trimmed to a select number of finalists, who will then compete in a "finale runway show" for a shot at the title. The winner will be guaranteed a spot in next year's show and take home a $1,000 scholarship.
 

Emerging Designer Semi-Finalists:

Ragan Creel, University of Alabama (Hometown: Meridian, MS)                      

Elle Darby, University of Alabama (Hometown: Florence, AL)                         

Jennifer Nina Evans, O'More College of Design (Hometown: Nashville, TN)                       

Lindsey Gilchrist, Auburn University (Hometown: Dothan, AL)          

Mallory Hardiman, University of Alabama (Hometown: Columbia, TN)                      

Courtney King, University of Alabama (Hometown: Columbus, GA)                     

Lauren Ledford, Auburn University (Hometown: Birmingham, AL)                                   

Nikki Manuel, University of Alabama (Hometown: Birmingham, AL)

Megan Mitton, University of Alabama (Hometown: Shreveport, LA)                   

Elahe Saeidi, University of Alabama (Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL)                   

Kailey Smith, Auburn University (Hometown: Florence, AL)                         

Emily Waters, University of Alabama (Hometown: Southside, AL)                      

 

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