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Derek Deandre, co-founder of the Birmingham’s Magic City Fashion Week, explains, “I want for Birmingham to be so much more than a footnote in the Civil Rights section of the US biography.” A poignant desire for sure, one which seems to be coming to fruition, as for the second year in a row Magic City Fashion Week will take place from October 24th through the 27th, offering the opportunity for designers, bloggers & influencers, photographers, and videographers to showcase their work and passion to the public.

MCFW describes itself as, “A platform for emerging talent to express themselves through fashion… not only for designers, but beauty industry professionals, photographers, videographers, models and the like; to create social change by reducing stigmas through education, advocacy, and awareness.”

Daniel GRIER and Derek DeAndre managing partners Magic City Fashion Week along with last years host: Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith of Beyoncé’s Style Team

Currently, the application process is open for emerging designers, bloggers & influencers. According to MCFW’s press release, “Designers will compete for a prize package valued at $5,000,” while, “Bloggers and Influencers will participate in a 3-month intensive program focused on equipping them to monetize and sustain their brand.” To get a feel of the competition, some of last year’s emerging designers included Ariel Inc. by Ariel Smith, Demi Blvck Designs by Demetrius Blayde, Ashley Stoves, the Shan Latris Collection by Shannon Warren, Kenya B. by Kenya Buchanan, and Splashed by DKG. Five thousand dollars is a good bit of money, but if you are interested you better hurry, as the last date for submission is August 22nd.

Blogger / Influencer Perks :

Front Row Access at the shows/events 

Recognition as an official MCFW Blog Contributor on MCFW site and runway shows

Exclusive behind the scenes access 

Mentoring, Networking, and Blogger Collabs 

Magic City Fashion Week: Belk Everyday Woman Showcase

Regarding photography and videography, the deadline lasts until September 30th, while hair and MUA open on August 15th, along with applications for volunteering or signing up as a vendor. And even though there’s still some time left, it’s never too early to prepare.

Magic City Fashion Week Emerging Designer Winner, Kenya B

But MCFW is more than just a fashion show. One of the event’s goals is to, “Transform the knowledge of HIV from awareness to competency, so that people can go from simply knowing that it exists to knowing their status and being able to educate others in an effective and responsible manner,” while likewise hoping, “To engage with community partners to help existing shops and businesses thrive and gain the foot traffic necessary for sustainability.” So even if you don’t have the creative gene, or feel terrified about showing your artistry to strangers, perhaps a trip to Birmingham, to experience rather than participate in Magic City Fashion Week, is what’s best for you. It’s sure to be an entertaining and educational time.

Featured Image by Kese Johnson | all images provided by Magic City Fashion Week