Friday marked the start of the application submission process for the 2011 nD Festival Emerging Designer Competition in Nashville. The nD Festival is a fundraiser for the Belcourt Theatre and this five-day festival marries the three things that really make Nashville, well, Nashville....indie film, indie fashion and indie music. We had the opportunity last September to attend a few of the inaugural events and the final evening which included runway shows from Imogene + Willie, Alabama Chanin and 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award Winner, Billy Reid, was a definite fashion highlight of the year. We did a street style recap of the week and you'll see a few people in there who we think are some of Nashville's best designers, as well as the nD Festival co-chair, Libby Callaway. This year, nD organizers are holding a designer competition to find Nashville's most promising designer. The winner will present his or her runway looks alongside two visiting national designers. If you've been following our blog for any amount of time, it's no surprise that Mizzie and I are constantly wowed by the design talent here. It truly is incredible and the judges will definitely have their work cut out for them. We're going to predict right now that that final decision is going to be a tough one.
The winner will be chosen via a two-part application process which includes the production of a head-to-toe look inspired by this year's nD Festival theme, great American road movies. This year's panel of judges will include Laura Brown, special events and features director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and featured judge on Bravo TV’s “The Fashion Show”; and Carrie and Matt Eddmenson, owners of Imogene + Willie. With the help of a Nashville independent filmmaker, the winner will incorporate their nD winning looks into a short film. If you haven't seen last year's short films, take a few minutes to view them on the Project Artisan site. They are beautiful and inspiring and set this runway show apart from anything else we've seen. Winners also receive a stipend and other prizes to go toward the production of the featured collection and mentoring sessions with Carrie and Matt, as well as Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin.
Last year's festival raised more than $30,000 for new audience seating and improvements at the Belcourt. This year's festival will benefit the Belcourt's ongoing educational outreach programs in Nashville area high schools. The competition is free to enter, but you must be over 21. Submission deadline is February 28. For more information and to download an application, visit the Belcourt's site here.
Best of luck to all of the designers!