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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

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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’s expert organization. From showing on a world-class runway show, exposure to a huge influencer audience,  mentorship by the industry specialists, media and business opportunities, to a cash prize — UpNXT is designed for catapulting the fashion careers from the emerging stage to a professional level.


Buy Tickets to UpNXT Finale Runway Show at FashioNXT Week

Vote People’s Choice UpNXT Finale Runway

2018 UpNXT Finalists

Madison Iverson

Tammi Barker

Jennifer Phillips

Ale O


Sloane White

Tulleon Lace

2018 Judges

Chris Bevans

Creative Director Dyne

Almarina M Bianchi

Product Integrity Manager
Pendleton Woolen Mills

Anne Bocci

Owner of Anne Bocci Boutique

Andrea M Beaulieu

Moore Custom Goods

2016 UpNXT Winner

2018 UpNXT: How to Participate

Designer Qualifications:

Ready to Wear or Couture Apparel Collection Designers
Annual Revenue Below $20,000

Audition Requirements:

Designer is required to attend audition in July (Date: TBA) 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 Week 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 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 and social-media strategy.
Designers maybe given up to three runway styling challenges.

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: Digital Marketing Strategy: Blog, Media, Social
  4. Launch: How to better utilize fashion show as a marketing tool
  5. Sales: How to impress a buyer and get an account
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Winner's Prize Package

  • Show Publicly: Complimentary full collection runway show in the regular designers line-up at 2019 FashioNXT Week
  • Cash Prize: $500 for fabric expense for 2019 FashioNXT Week’s collection
  • 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
  • Other professional memberships secured by FashioNXT for the designer at a significantly discounted or complimentary rate
  • PAL- 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- 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:

Features in major local media

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

Mercy Corps NW Sponsor at FashioNXT - Portland Fashion Week
PAL Sponsor at FashioNXT - Portland Fashion Week