American Fashion Designers

American Fashion Designers

Repost -Press Release

Kudos to Atlanta for this dynamite initiative. Good luck from FE to all
the contestants.

The Office of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office in Atlanta GA in
Partnership with RAGTRADE Atlanta, announced their new initiative to support
American fashion designers based in the City of Atlanta. The Atlanta Emerging
Fashion Designer Award will grant five (5) fashion designers $1,500 each to assist with
Building their businesses as emerging designers in Atlanta.
As fashion remains one of the most difficult industries to break into,
more industry professionals are coming to the City of Atlanta to launch their careers.
Atlanta offers four accredited fashion degree programs, textile manufacturing
resources,the largest wholesale marketplace in the Southeast, an international
Airport, low cost living, as well as an established entertainment industry. All of
This and more positions Atlanta as the next hub for emerging fashion designers.
“We believe that this grant program will not only benefit in the growth
of our fashion community, but the city as well,” said Camille Russell Love,
executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Like other cities,
the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs recognizes the importance of creative
industries. We are excited to expand our Emerging Artist Award in partnership with
RAGTRADE Atlanta
as we recognize that fashion design is an important creative industry for the City of Atlanta.”Grant recipients will be selected by a committee of industry experts from Atlanta’s fashion community. Submissions will be evaluated based on the talent demonstrated through the criteria of the application and the candidate’s capacity for future distinction.
Applicants will be evaluated on the following attributes:

* Creativity and innovation
* Unique design aesthetic
* Workmanship
* Industry references
* Evaluation of photos of collection
* Benefits for the community
* Career plan

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