Winner of 2018 UpNXT
O'FIELD by Maddie Iverson
Winner of 2018 UpNXT and People's Choice
Ale O by Alejandra Oyervides
Winner of 2017 UpNXT
Minnie Opal by Sundari Devi
Winner of 2017 People's Choice UpNXT
Winner of 2016 UpNXT
Winner of 2015 UpNXT
Winner of 2014 UpNXT
Winner of 2013 UpNXT
Anchor, KOIN TV/Channel 6
Almarina M Bianchi
Former Product Integrity Manager
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Designer- Seattle, WA
Runway Show Participation Fee (Only for the Finalists):
$550 (for applications filed till Sept 1st)
$750 (for applications filed after Sept 1st)
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 will be two tracks of participation: Live Show Track, and Virtual Track, enabling designers to participate from anywhere in the world and benefit from all the mentorship and publicity of FashioNXT’s large network. 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 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
Ready to Wear or Couture Apparel Collection Designers
Annual Revenue Below $20,000
In the business for less than three years.
The designer is required to attend an online audition via video conferencing to a panel of judges on a date in September 2021 (FashioNXT will communicate the exact date in Summer 2021 to those who turn in the application form). Space is limited, so it’s advised to apply ASAP. In the online audition, the designer will show the judges six samples from past collections, or work the designer has recently completed. Designers 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. The designer should be ready for the pieces to be photographed and be presented to the public view.
Note, at this stage designer does NOT need to show a new or complete collection.
Finalists will be decided through a selection process that includes a panel of judges, and may include an opinion of an audience.|
Note: At this stage designer does NOT need to bring a new or complete collection.
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.
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The runway collection will be judged for collection quality & aesthetics, creativity/originality, and overall cohesiveness.
Marketability will be evaluated based on the website, look-book (of all the pieces be shown on the runway), and social media strategy that the designer must submit to FashioNXT 10 days before the show.
Designers may be 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.
* If a Live show can’t take place, the designer will automatically be rolled into Virtual Show Track
Designers selected as finalists need to present high quality and ready to publicize virtual content for a cohesive collection of 6 to 8 head-to-toe looks by September 18th:
The collection will be virtually rolled out during FashioNXT Week through FashioNXT Social Media, E-blasts, Exclusive page for designers in FashioNXT.com.
They will be judged for collection quality & aesthetics, creativity/originality, and overall cohesiveness.
Marketability will be evaluated based on the website, look-book (of all the pieces be shown on the runway), and social media strategy that designer.
Finalists’ show at FashioNXT Week vote for their fave designers.
Judges will decide on the UpNXT: Virtual winner, to be announced after the show through FashioNXT digital channels.
Mentorship by FashioNXT Incubator:
Finalists of both Live and Virtual tracks receive mentorship from FashioNXT Fashion Incubator. Industry experts will cover topics cover the step by step from collection design all the way to sales:
Media & PR:
Media & PR:
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.