An incubator is a think tank for designers: A place to accelerate professional growth and business development. The premier program of the DC Fashion Foundation, the DC Fashion Incubator is a two-year residency in a glass-enclosed design and learning space at Macy’s Metro Center. This application-only program offers physical resources and equipment, space to work and showcase designs, seminars on business development, access to mentors and networking, and specialized consulting. Classes consist of up to ten designers-in-residence.
If you would like to apply to be a Designer-in-Residence with the DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, please fill out this form. Note that applications for the Fall 2017 Designers-in-Residence class are now closed, and these designers will be with the Incubator until September 2019. However, you are welcome to apply for the Fall 2019 class of Designers-in-Residence at this time. We will begin considering applications for this future class of Designers-in-Residence from Spring 2019 onward.
If you wish to submit the Designer-in-Residence application fee electronically, please visit our Network for Good site. On the first page your see, under “Designation (Optional)”, please write: “[Your name] DIR application fee”.
We also encourage you to learn about and consider our other programs and offerings for designers, industry professionals, and fashion enthusiasts. You are welcome to apply for multiple programs.
Shantae Flowers: Belle Flowers Designs
A self-taught fashion designer and seamstress emerging onto the Washington, DC and Prince George’s County arts scenes, Shantae is the proud owner of Belle Flowers Designs, an innovative womenswear label with silhouettes inspired by classic eras in fashion. All designs demonstrate Shantae’s mastery of seaming, detailing, piping, trimming, and fabric mixing. Shantae’s deep appreciation for fashion led her to attend the Retail Program at the Art Institute of Washington. This formal education, combined with her existing creativity, developed Shantae’s sophisticated fabric manipulation techniques, including draping, tucking, pleats, and darts. Belle Flowers Designs takes a unique approach to luxury, one that offers comfort, class, and elegance for the modern woman.
Jacqueline Chase Hudson: Pearlina Designs
It’s hard to miss a piece from Pearlina Designs: Bold colors. Daring details. Feminine styles. These are all trademarks of the brand. “Greatly inspired by the lack of beautiful, well-fitting, well-constructed garments when shopping for myself, I knew it was time to bring my dream of creating garments tailored to the curvaceous and full-figured feminine woman to the fashion industry, but more importantly, to ‘the woman’ herself,” asserts Jacqueline. With her unique aesthetic focused on women with curves, and with her dedication to enhancing the plus-size market by creating flattering silhouettes, Jacqueline transforms fabric into romantic and modern styles. Pearlina Designs offers timeless, ready-to-wear, year-round dressing.
Fawn Jordan: The Wearable Art Gallery
The Wearable Art Gallery (WAG) collections consist of clothing best categorized as art to wear. Hallmarks of the WAG brand include textural fabrics, reversible garments, unstructured pieces, and organic shapes, primarily in medium- to light-weight crepe fabrics. Currently, WAG produces custom clothing and one-of-a-kind garments. Jordan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Design and Apparel. “This collection has a detailed theme of ties, giving the garment a different look depending upon how one chooses to draw the ties,” Fawn explains. “The ability of my customer to wear my artistic garments in multiple ways and for different purposes adds to the design aesthetic and artistic interest of the garment and label.”
Alecksander J. King: King’s Gold
Kings Gold is an elevated streetwear brand. “Everyone has a golden light within them,” notes Alecksander – and this phrase has become his company’s motto. Kings Gold creates tee shirt collections with release periods that align with the seasons: Winter is loyalty, spring is progression, summer is power, and fall is royalty. The line is rounded out with accessories including snapback caps, beanies, and casual jewelry. Kings Gold showcases streetwear in the same vein as upscale sportswear, which reflects the brand’s supporters and features. Kings Gold designs for millennial men and women, and it stresses comfort and adaptability.
Thomas Massanier: “Thomas Massanier”
Thomas Massanier leads a boldly-branded fine goods atelier. Thomas Massanier collections represent high artistic values, a collection of alternative trends in fashion, and distinctive brand aesthetics and philosophy. Working with Versus by Versace, Michael Kors, and Christian Dior, Thomas has seen the daily ins and outs of some of the world’s biggest brands. The standards he learned from these major industry influencers informs much of his current work; hand painting, use of Italian fabrics, beading work, and fine detailing are signatures of Thomas Massanier collections. Thomas believes that the opportunities he has been given have added depth to his brand, which sets his line apart from others.
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