EMERGE

Creative Career Path by INTERFORM- developing regional and local fashion talent and attracting visionaries for collaboration and learning. EMERGE identifies regional and local talent while providing mentorships and workshops with leading thinkers in fashion, business, and design. Our goal: support local talent, foster creativity, and contribute industry knowledge to our community.

PROGRAM FOCUS

Each season, the program engages one experienced Designer in Residence and a select number of regional and 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 features 13 sessions focusing on a different program area. The program culminates in a capstone project related to the specific topic of the season.

EXPLORING THE MODULES

We want to see our designers succeed and that means supporting them every step of the way. We work to give designers a place to come to for all of their needs – whether it be help with marketing, a sounding board for the creation of their collection, or a mentorship in production. If we don’t have the resources  they need at the time, we find it through our network of industry professionals who range from fashion brand founders to merchandising consultants to technical designers and beyond.

We build relationships of support beyond our educational programming to ensure designers have resources as they enter the entrepreneurial retail market. Helping create connections with developers to assist them build an online presence, with inventory management strategies, merchandising, and more. Additionally we create select opportunities for designers to retail their products directly from our storefront in Downtown Springdale.

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

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

Season Three of Emerge focused on a fashion label and designer identity. The program culminated with runway shows at the Momentary in Bentonville AR in March 2022.

Season Four & Five of Emerge launched in Spring 2022 and culminate in a project in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in relationship to their upcoming ‘Fashioning America’ exhibition. 

This next cohort will consist of 13 weeks of interactive and informative workshops focused on business development featuring topics such as brand identity, brand management, product development, apparel manufacturing, marketing, and much more!

FAQ's

EMERGE, which is a Creative Career Path program by INTERFORM, identifies regional and local talent while providing mentorships and workshops with leading thinkers in fashion, business, and design. Our goal: support local talent, foster creativity, and contribute industry knowledge to our community.

We want to see our designers succeed by supporting them every step of the way. This next cohort will consist of 13 weeks of interactive and informative workshops focused on business development. Workshops will feature topics such as brand identity, brand management, product development, apparel manufacturing, marketing, and much more!

Regional and local apparel designers looking for an opportunity to take their careers to the next level and learn more about business development for their brands.

There is no cost to apply or be a part of the EMERGE cohort.

To apply, fill out the online form that will be available on this page. 

2021 RUNWAY

View the full collections for 2021.

2022 RUNWAY

View the full collection for 2022.

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EMERGE SEASON ARCHIVES

SEASON SIX

SEASONS 4 & 5

SEASON THREE

SEASON TWO

SEASON ONE