EMERGE

Emerge - created, run and presented by INTERFORM - develops fashion designer talent in the area and attracts visionaries from other regions to collaborate, train, and learn from the regional creative community. EMERGE focuses on identifying talent based in the region and providing opportunities via mentorships and workshops with leading thinkers in the fields of fashion, sustainability, manufacturing, and creative design among others. The program engages one experienced Designer in Residence, and a select amount of local designers. Our ultimate goal is to support the growth of the existing local talent, foster greater levels of creative production, and contribute industry knowledge to the community.

SEASON ONE

SEASON TWO

PROGRAM FOCUS

Each season, the program engages one experienced Designer in Residence and a select number of local designers. Our ultimate goal is to support the growth of the existing local talent, foster greater levels of creative production, and contribute industry knowledge to the community. Each season takes place biweekly over a four-month period and focuses on a different program area. The program culminates in a capstone project related to the specific topic of the season.

FASHION DESIGN

Season One of Emerge focused on high end design work, increasing designer skill level, and conceptualizing a collection.

MANUFACTURING

Season Two of Emerge focused on manufacturing, sourcing, and production for clothing brands. Designers learned about sustainability and minimum viable products.

BRAND IDENTITY

Season Three of Emerge will focus creating a fashion label and designer identity.

COUTURE COLLECTIONS

Season Four of Emerge will launch in Spring of 2022 and culminate in a project in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in relationship to their upcoming 'Fashioning America' exhibition.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPTING? Let us know!