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The Fashion Fund (2014)

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Offering unprecedented access to the world of fashion, this one-hour series documents emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is in its 10th year and has transformed emerging designers into true fashion icons. Working alongside some of the top names in fashion, ten innovative, American-based designers, compete for the top award that carries an incredible $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an industry titan. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund selection committee is comprised of iconic names from Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg to top-level fashion executives such as Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Andrew Rosen of Theory, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, and more.

In The Fashion Fund, viewers are given exclusive access into the fashion world as they journey into the lives of the emerging designers. We get to know the designers as their visions, technical abilities, and business acumen are all tested – pushing them to their highest potential. The series takes viewers inside legendary studio visits, a Vogue fashion photo shoot and culminates with a presentation at NYC Fashion Week and the announcement of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner.

Episode 101: “Call of a Lifetime” – Inside the “war room,” The Fashion Fund committee reviews submissions and deliberates over which designers - of the hundreds who applied - will be selected as the 10 finalists.

Episode 102: “Facing the Committee” – The 10 finalists deliver nerve-wracking final presentations to the committee, including an intense interview, and offer a look at their past, present, and future collections. 

Episode 103: “In Front of the Camera” – In addition to site visits to the finalists’ studios from Anna Wintour and other committee members, a shoot for the November issue of Vogue pairs each designer with a celebrity counterpart for a stunning portrait. 

Episode 104: “Fashion Week Frenzy” – During New York City Fashion Week, finalists work frantically to stage their shows while also meeting with buyers whose reactions can determine their fate. 

Episode 105: “Cocktails with the Committee” – The finalists race to complete their design challenge pieces for iconic retailer, Uniqlo, and present them at the cocktail party of a lifetime – hosted by Anna Wintour. 

Episode 106: “The Final Cut” – After a fashion show at LA’s Chateau Marmont, the committee meets to make a final decision, and Tom Ford and Julianne Moore announce this year’s winner at the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards dinner. 

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