FashioNXT creates innovative fashion experiences and the creative edge in lifestyle technology.

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Winner of 2016 UpNXT


Winner of 2015 UpNXT

German Madrigal

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Winner of 2014 UpNXT

Myriam Marcela

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Winner of 2013 UpNXT

Amy Sim

UpNXT — The Fashion Accelerator

UpNXT is an emerging fashion designers’ acceleration program operated by FashioNXT. From mentorship by the industry specialists, media and business opportunities, to a cash prize — UpNXT is designed for catapulting the fashion careers from the beginning stage to a professional level.



Buy Tickets to UpNXT Runway Competition Oct 11

2017 UpNXT Finalists

Sundari Franklin

Heidi Brown


Lou Flowers

James Hunt

2017 Judges

Seth Aaron

Fashion Designer of Project Runway  S9

Michelle Lesniak

Fashion Designer/Winner of Project Runway S11

Anne Bocci

Owner of Anne Bocci Boutique

How to Participate

Design Qualifications:

Ready to Wear or Couture Apparel Collection Designers
Annual Revenue below $30,000

Audition Requirements:

Designer is required to attend audition on July 9th, 2017 at a Portland location that FashioNXT will communicate to those who turn in the application form below. Space is limited, so it’s advised to apply ASAP. In the audition designers will bring four to six samples from past collections, or work designer has recently completed, to a high-profile judging panel. Note at this stage you do NOT need to bring a new or complete collection. Judges will select the finalists for the accelerator program and a runway show competition at FashioNXT in October.

Audition Submission fee: $50 (after June 1st $75)

Runway Show Participation Fee (Only for the Finalists):
$550 (for applications filed till April 1st)
$750 (for applications filed till June 1st)
$1,000 (for applicants after June 1st)


Information for Designers outside of Portland metro area >>

Finalists Benefits & Requirements

Designers selected as finalists need to present a cohesive collection of 6 to 8 head-to-toe looks on the FashioNXT runway.
The runway collection will be judged for collection quality & aesthetics, creativity/originality and overall cohesiveness. Marketability will be evaluated based on website, lookbook and social media strategy.
Designers may be given up to three runway styling challenges.
The winner will be announced after the finalists’ runway show at FashioNXT Week.

They will also receive mentorship from FashioNXT Fashion Incubator:

  • How to impress a buyer and get an account: by boutique owner Anne Bocci
  • Digital Marketing Strategy: FashioNXT & Partners Digital Marketing Consultancy
  • Fashion show as a Marketing Tool: FashioNXT & Marketing Consultancy
  • Costing analysis for production by KS Apparel design and consulting
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Winner's Prize Package

  • Show Publicly: Complimentary full collection runway show in the regular desginers line at next year’s FashioNXT
  • Cash Prize: $500 for fabric expense for 2018 show-Support from Fabric Depot
  • Certificate of winning

Business Mentorship:

  • Mercy Corp of NW gives scholarship to a business fundamentals class, a $350 value, required to qualify for a grant of up to $6,000
  • Portland Apparel Lab gives one-month free membership for the winner. A value of $175

Media & PR:

Features in Sold Out section or Portland Mercury

Exclusive feature in FashioNXT blog and 3 social media postings

Business Accounts:

Boutique representation for multiple finalists in Anne Bocci Boutique in SW Portland.

UpNXT Partners

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