Fashion week in full swing, local designer prepping for competition

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The pressure is on for Siobhan Murphy as she makes many last minute adjustments for her big show is Friday night.

Murphy said, "It's going to be a lot of steaming, a lot of running, pressing, putting things on and hoping things fit the way that they should. I think that's what I really love about fashion too is that kind of back stage craziness."

Murphy's creative touch has gone from only designing tutus, to a full women's collection. Her inspiration is still seen in parts of her collection.

"This is going to be the opener, so this is going to be the first look. It's going to have a pale pink blouse underneath it which is still in progress," said Murphy.

Here's how the emerging designer competition will work. Applicants from across the nation are widdled down to 20 semi-finalists who will have to design 8 looks for their show. Each night the judges decide on a finalist and whomever makes it will have to design 12 more looks for the finale Saturday night.

Cator Sparks, judge and editor of said, "What I really love about Charleston Fashion Week is that we get to meet the designers before the shows. We get to see the clothes; we get to talk to them about the construction, their inspirations and a little background on them."

Murphy didn't go to school for fashion or sewing and a few years ago she got her start as an intern here during fashion week.

"For my show I kind of try to pull from Charleston. The hats are being made by a friend of mine, the music is local, the shows are local," said Murphy.

Charleston Fashion Week could serve as a pathway to New York for models and designers.

Models got to meet with agents from top modeling agencies who have represented big names like Giselle, Cindy Crawford and Tyson Beckford.

Sparks said, "I think this is a really important time for a lot of these designers. I've met some of the designers who won in the past and they've done extremely well."

Fashion week will attract nearly 8 thousand people to the Lowcountry. Last year the event generated about 2.5 million dollars for the local economy. Saturday is the last day, bridal wear will start at 11am and the finale begins at 6:30pm.

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