Macy’s Fashion Incubator Accepting Applications for 2014 Residency

A gown by Kaitlyn Doherty ’11 on the runway at Macy’s Center City.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City is accepting applications from emerging local fashion designers for its 2014 residency program. Designers interested in applying should be planning to start, or have already started, a fashion business in Philadelphia.

The one-year program, which begins March 1, 2014, provides selected designers with a workspace, curriculum, mentoring and other resources that will help them launch their fashion businesses.

Designers-in-residence are expected to complete the full one-year term, must be at least 21 years old and reside in the Philadelphia region. The application along with a non-refundable application fee of $75 must be received by Dec. 20, 2013. The application must be submitted in both print and electronic formats.

Elissa Bloom, executive director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, is available to answer questions from interested designers at the Macy’s Incubator studio or on campus. For more information, contact her at

PhilaU fashion design graduates have participated in the two previous Incubator programs. This year, designers-in-residence Melissa Choi ’06 and Pia Panaligan ’06 have continued to develop their fashion company Senpai + Kohai, which offers innovative, timeless clothing with a focus on textiles, fit, quality and design.

Kaitlyn Doherty ’11, an award-winning student designer, was part of the inaugural class of Designers-in-Residence, where she worked on her clothing and accessories line Kaitlyn Elizabeth.  To see her spring 2013 runway show presented at Macy’s Center City, click here.

For information and applications, go to Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

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