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

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Winner of 2018 UpNXT

O'FIELD by Maddie Iverson

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Winner of 2018 UpNXT and People's Choice

Ale O by Alejandra Oyervides

Emerging Designer Winner Minnie Opal Portland Fashion Week

Winner of 2017 UpNXT

Minnie Opal by Sundari Devi

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Winner of 2017 People's Choice UpNXT

Oscar Dominick

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Winner of 2016 UpNXT


Winner of 2015 UpNXT

German Madrigal

Winner of 2014 UpNXT

Myriam Marcela

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Winner of 2013 UpNXT

Amy Sim

2019 UpNXT Finalists

Akrofi Adjumani


JK Designs

Soap Stealer

Camila X Castillo

2019 Judges

Molly Riehl,

Host, KPTV

Almarina M Bianchi

Product Integrity Manager
Pendleton Woolen Mills

Anne Bocci

Owner of Anne Bocci Boutique

Sonia Kasparian


2016 UpNXT Winner

Audition Submission fee: $50
(after June 1st: $75, and after July 1st $150)

Runway Show Participation Fee (Only for the Finalists):
$550 (for applications filed till June 1st)
$750 (for applications filed till July 1st)
$1250 (for applications filed after July 1st)


UpNXT: How to Participate in LIVE and VIRTUAL Tracks

UpNXT is the most leading and longest running Emerging Designers Accelerator in the US attracting designers from all over the US and Canada. It’s an emerging designers competition where designers receive expert mentorship, an exciting runway show, and a great prize package for the winner. There are two tracks to participate. LIVE and VIRTUAL. For both the tracks the Auditions and the Mentorship classes will be done online, the main difference is the presentation of the collection of the the finalists:
LIVE: Finalists designers get to show on a live runway show at FashioNXT Week in Portland.
VIRTUAL: Finalists designers will show virtually. Offers the option for the designer not to have to travel to Portland for getting FashioNXT benefits

Designer Qualifications:

Ready to Wear or Couture Apparel Collection Designers
Annual Revenue Below $20,000
In the business for less than three years.

Audition Logistics:

Upon submitting the UpNXT application designer is required to attend an online audition via video conferencing to an panel of judges on a date in July 2021 (FashioNXT will communicate the exact date in Spring 2021 to those who turn in the application form). Space is limited, so it’s advised to apply ASAP. In the online audition designer will show the judges four to six samples from past collections, or work designer has recently completed. Designer need to showcase the pieces on models and/or dress forms and be ready to answer questions about the pieces, their business and other topics that the judges find relevant to qualify. Designer should be ready for the pieces to be photographed, and be presented to the public view. At the audition Finalists will be decided through a selection process that include a panel of judges, as well as, opinion of an audience.
Note: at this stage designer does NOT need to bring a new or complete collection.

Information for Designers Who Need to Travel >>

Finalists Benefits & Requirements

Designers selected as finalists need to present a cohesive collection of 6 to 8 head-to-toe looks on the runway at FashioNXT Week in October.
See Details of UpNXT Runway Show Services>>
The runway collection will be judged for collection quality & aesthetics, creativity/originality and overall cohesiveness.
Marketability will be evaluated based on website, look-book (of all the pieces be shown on the runway) and social-media strategy that designer must submit to FashioNXT three days before the show.
Designers maybe given up to three runway styling challenges, and up to three design challenges. Once given designer must adhere to the challenges’ rules.

Attendees of the finalists’ runway show at FashioNXT Week vote for their fave designers.
Judges will decide on the UpNXT winner, to be announced after the show.

Mentorship by FashioNXT Incubator
Finalists receive mentorship from FashioNXT Fashion Incubator. Industry experts will cover topics cover the step by step from collection design all the way to sales:

  1. Design: How to develop a cohesive winning collection: by a former UpNXT winner
  2. Costing: Costing analysis for production
  3. Marketing: Blog, Media, Social
  4. E-Retail Strategy for a Fashion Brand
  5. Launch: How to better utilize fashion show as a marketing tool
  6. Sales: How to impress a buyer and get an account
  7. Sustainability in Fashion
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Winner's Prize Package

  • Show Publicly: Complimentary Standard Designers Runway show (10 looks)  in the regular designers line-up at 2021 FashioNXT Week on a date decided by FashioNXT
  • Cash Prize: $500 for fabric expense for 2021 FashioNXT Week’s collection
  • Certificate of winning

Business Mentorship:

  • PAL (Portland Apparel Lab) – 2-Hour Private Lesson in Optitex CAD Patternmaking Software ($130 value) Optitex is an industry standard professional patternmaking program that creates garment and accessory patterns that can be sent across town or around the world. One-on-one lessons get students up and running fast on projects that are meaningful to their business.
  • PAL (Portland Apparel Lab) – 2-Hour Design Review ($150 value) Our Design Review allows the entrepreneur up to two hours with our team where they can present their line and proposed business model. We can offer feedback and advice on sourcing, prototyping, grading and production-readiness. They’ll leave with a game plan for how to get their line to market.

Media & PR:

Exclusive feature in FashioNXT blog and 3 social media postings

Business Accounts:

Boutique representation for select finalists, and winner, as decided by participating boutique owners


Please note, prizes/benefits offered by third party entities are included in good faith based on the expressed commitment of those third parties. FashioNXT can’t be held liable in the case of any third party’s inability or unwillingness to honor their commitments in part or in full.

UpNXT Partners


2019 UpNXT Style Challenge

PAL Sponsor at FashioNXT - Portland Fashion Week