RISING STAR: The Colorado Competition for Cutting-Edge Design
RISING STAR is a competition for Colorado design entrepreneurs in apparel, active wear, accessories, and jewelry who are making their mark on the fashion and style industries right here in Colorado.
The 2013 RISING STAR competition culminates with Denver’s premier biennial fashion event presented by The Award-Winning, Fashion Group International of Denver. Join us on September 6th for the 2013 RISING STAR awards gala and professionally produced runway fashion show as we unveil Colorado’s newest, most talented and cutting-edge fashion designers!
About Fashion Group International of Denver
Fashion Group International (FGI) is a non-profit associa- tion of professional executives worldwide, promoting the advancement of careers in the fashion and related lifestyle industries. FGI Denver organized its chapter in 1958. Of the 42 chapters around the world, Denver is an award-winning chapter that has been recognized yearly for its outstanding leadership in member support and special events.
As a non-profit organization, FGI Denver hosts events and programs that help the community at large, bringing together speakers and industry leaders to address the state of business in fashion, design, and lifestyle indus- tries. The group gives back to the community through events such as clothing drives that provide support to well-deserving community services.
FGI Denver’s educational focus serves members and the community through value added monthly programs. Moreover, our educational outreach assists curriculum programs devoted to the study of the fashion industry through scholarship awards.
FGI Denver’s signature event, our biennial RISING STAR Competition and Runway Fashion Show Gala, is mod- eled after that of its parent chapter in New York City. This glamorous event salutes outstanding new individuals in fashion, selecting among candidates who have been in business from two to ten years. Showcase and selection of winners is based upon creativity and originality, quality and construction, balance and timelessness in the collection, proven business success, marketing promo- tions and distribution channels.
About Dress for Success Denver
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.
Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 650,000 women around the world. Each year we reach more than 65,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Nether- lands, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, France and the West Indies. All Dress for Success organizations are not-for-profit entities, with Dress for Success Worldwide and its U.S. affiliates having 501(c)(3) charitable status.
Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from a contin- ually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations through- out the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.
Dress for Success relies on the financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts of individuals and companies around the world who are committed to helping women take charge of their lives.