Friday, January 21, 2011

nD Emerging Designer Competition

Yesterday I blogged about the upcoming nD Emergning Designer Competition. Here are the details from the press release:


Media Contact: Rose Mary Gorman, 615.944.8954 cell,


Application Process Begins; Winner Will Show Looks At nD Fashion Show 

NASHVILLE, TENN.—(Jan. 20, 2011)—The Belcourt Theatre announces a fashion design competition to find Nashville’s most promising designer as part of its second annual nD Festival, a fundraiser that celebrates independent film, fashion and music. Competitors will engage in an application process that includes producing a full look inspired by great American road movies. The winner of the nD Emerging Designer competition will show his or her runway looks alongside two visiting national designers at the nD Festival’s fashion show, slated for Fall 2011 at the Belcourt Theatre. Open to any Nashville-area designer over the age of 21, there is no fee to participate in the competition. The deadline to submit the first round of application materials is Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Applications and guidelines will be available online at as of Friday, Jan. 28.

An expert panel of judges will select the winner, whom they believe has the talent to represent the future of independent fashion in Nashville. Competition judges include Laura Brown, special events and features director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and featured judge on Bravo TV’s “The Fashion Show”; and Carrie and Matt Eddmenson, owners of the Nashville-based denim company Imogene + Willie and featured designers in the 2010 nD Festival fashion show.

To join fashion with film, a Nashville independent filmmaker will incorporate the nD Emerging Designer’s winning looks into a short film that will screen during the nD Festival fashion show. The winner will also receive a stipend and other prizes to go toward production of the featured collection and mentoring sessions with nationally known designers Carrie and Matt Eddmenson, and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin.

The nD Festival will take place in late September 2011 (specific dates TBD). Co-chairs for the event are Holly Bryant and Libby Callaway. Approximately 1,000 people attended last year’s nD Festival, which raised more than $30,000 for new audience seating and improvements at the Belcourt Theatre.

The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, Tenn. 37212
For nD Festival information: 615.846.3150, ext. 16 or email

The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting visual literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community while serving as a regular and important home for independent voices in music and theatre. Housed in Nashville’s last historic neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt Theatre provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film, music and theatre. Opening in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-36. Since the re-opening of the theatre in 1999 more than 650,000 people from Middle Tennessee have come here to see nearly 1,000 films from every corner of the globe, musicians both long established and newly emerging and theatre from some of Nashville’s most creative and imaginative artists.


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