Philadelphia Based Talent Captures "People's Choice" Award & Emerging Designer Competition Title During Charleston Fashion Week 2011!


 Charlotte Hess Wins Charleston Fashion Week's 2011 Emerging Designer Competition!

(April 5, 2011) Charleston, SC - After a week of nearly 45 runway shows, including featured designers and the Emerging Designer Competition: East competition, it's a wrap for the fifth annual Charleston Fashion Week  2011. One of 16 semifinalists, originating from 21 states, Emerging Designer Charlotte Hess captured the Emerging Designer title, the $30,000 grand prize, and People Choice's Award with her hand-made knit collection. 


The Philadelphia resident and graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and Glasgow School of Art, wowed the sold out audience - as well as the front row judge's panel with industry leaders Fern Mallis, Alexis Maybank, Janie Bryant, Anne Slowey and Derek Blasberg - with her modern 12-piece collection.


As the 2011 Emerging Designer Competition winner, the isobel and cleo senior designer, will receive a $20,000 website from F22 Designs, a runway show in Charleston Fashion Week® 2012, a booth at the AmericasMart® Atlanta Apparel Market 2011, $2,500 in branding materials from Vapor Apparel, a piece to be featured on Runway Passports Online Boutique, and $5,000. 


The other four Emerging Designers finalists that showed their fall 2011 collections during the Saturday finale included Stephanie Mejia, Michael Wiernicki, Cody Sai Adler-McAllister, and Veritee Hill. Featured Designers for the finale included last year's Emerging Designer Competition winner Larika Page and 2010 Elle/RISD Design Award Winner David Yoo. Charleston Fashion Week's Rock The Runway Model Competition 2011 winners were Ajang Majok and Ceasar Hingletin.

About Charleston Fashion Week®

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Held March 22-26, 2011 under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, the five-night celebration featured more than 45 runway shows, the Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East, and Rock the Runway Model Competition. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. For more information on the fifth annual Charleston Fashion Week, visit For high res images please visit


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