THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Budding designers have another prize to vie for, thanks to the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s inaugural Emerging Designer Competition. On October 15, one winner will walk away with a $15,000 award to help further his or her career. Fern Mallis will be among the jurors on the panel that will whittle down the field to six finalists. Those who make the final round will attend the Saint Louis Fashion Week Designer Showcase on October 16th. They will be in the company of such established designers including Yigal Azrouel, Timo Weiland and Tess Giberson who will show their spring 2015 collections on the runway. The winner will leave with a $15,000 award to pursue his or her business plan.

Candidates must be American citizens who are at least 21, based in the U.S. and have produced at least two “commercially available” women’s or men’s ready-to-wear collections. The application deadline is August 10

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