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Happening March 17-21, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) has been named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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The five-day multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment and chic after-parties. In 2014, the event featured more than 40 runway shows and hosted over 7,000 attendees.

One of the many highlights of the event is the CFW Emerging Designer Competition. Serving as a platform for undiscovered talent , previous winners and contestants have been featured on CNN, VOGUE, Marie Claire, ELLE, WWD, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and other major media outlets, as well as having their collections picked up by stores such as Anthropologie, BARNEY's New York and Neiman Marcus.

This year's top 20 semifinalists were selected from more than 170 applicants who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway. The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel at the end of the week and will receive a prize package worth more than $25,000 – the largest grand prize in the competition's history, including a chance to be a featured designer at CFW 2016, an internship during New York Fashion Week 2015 and a once-in–a-lifetime opportunity for a private lunch with New York Fashion Week Creator Fern Mallis.

The 2015 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists chosen to debut their collections at CFW 2015 are:

  • Christian Caldwell (Tennessee)
  • Sarah Hazel Cannon & Rachel Cole Cannon (North Carolina)
  • Sara Ellis Clark (North Carolina)
  • Casey Crespo (North Carolina)
  • Amanda Dreesen (North Carolina)
  • Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik (New York)
  • Gloria Forehand (New York)
  • Johanna Hickey & Orea Guthrie (Georgia)
  • Caroline Hulsey (Georgia)
  • Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton (New York & Pennsylvania)
  • Annina King (Pennsylvania)
  • Julie Le & Sean Mueller (North Carolina)
  • Dinah Lightsey (South Carolina)
  • Gabrielle Mandel (Pennsylvania)
  • Christopher John Rogers (Georgia)
  • Roy Blake Smith (New Jersey)
  • Sydney Smith (North Carolina)
  • Richelle Valenzuela (New York)
  • Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman (Georgia)
  • Elyssa Wingard (South Carolina)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit charlestonfashionweek.com.

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