8th Annual Pins & Needles Fashion Design Competition Announces the “Emerging 6” and Judges for 2016
Previous participants have gone on to participate in Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, New York Fashion Week

On August 11, 2016, St. Louis events agency Brainchild Events will host the 8th annual Pins and Needles fashion design competition at The Majorette (7150 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63143) on August 11 at 6pm. This designer competition will feature upcoming designers from across the country from New York to LA. The competition seeks to support the creativity, innovation, and artistry of new designers by giving them the exposure, experience, and tools they need to take their collections from runway to retail. Participants will be invited to showcase their designs at the August event, with the winner receiving $15,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 cash prize from The Saint Louis Fashion Fund and other exposure to help launch successful careers in the fashion industry. Guests will also vote for the SIBA (Stevens Institute of Business Arts) People’s Choice Award via Twitter the night of the actual event. This year Pins and Needles will include 6 special presentations by local and national designers, including 2015 Peoples Choice winner Alexis Cook.

The six Pins and Needles finalists are: Marcel Coleman Jr. (Saint Louis, MO), Andrew Clancy (Nashville, TN), Richard Cotto (Saint Louis, MO), Laila Fattal (Brooklyn, NY), Morgan Mason (Saint Louis, MO), Wiki Wang (Saint Louis, MO)

2016 Pins and Needles Judges include:
Emily Huey – Retail and Fashion Director / Stevens – The Institute of Business and Arts
Sarah Stallman – Fashion Editor/Alive Magazine
Debra Bass – Fashion Editor/ St. Louis Post Dispatch
Amanda Bauer – Director of Marketing / KDR Showrooms
Kimberli MacKay – Product Specialist / Brother Sewing
CJ Pasley – Creative Director | CJ Pasley’s Branding Agency
Barbara Bultman, who was the 2015 winner

Partnering on this year’s event is the Alan Wang, Boutique Nav, Blank Page, Brother Sewing, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, Kink Salon, Notch, KDR Showrooms, Marketer Marisa, CJ Pasley, Socially Jen and Elena Marroquin. Event sponsors include SIBA, Reyka Vodka, Hendricks Gin and Sailor Jerry.
Doors open for Pins and Needles is 6pm and the runway comes to life at 7:30pm.
GA Tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $35. For information on tickets: