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LA's Karen Kane is very interested in supporting local, up-and-coming designers. In fact, the designer's Fall/Holiday 2012 collection will feature three student-designed dresses from her personally-curated "Little Black Dress" competition. Partnering up with her school alumna FIDM (the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising), the designer chose three winning designs—the Josh Lace dress (by Joshua Christensen), the Tracy Sheath dress (by Tracy Moore) and the Wensi Cocktail dress (by Wensi Gao)—which were announced at the college's annual runway show.
In addition to having their designs showcased on the runway, Christensen, Moore and Gao's designs were picked up by Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Belk, Dillard's, Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor and will be shoppable at the end of this month. Each style will feature a special "FIDM hangtag" announcing another contest opened to all US high school seniors and class of 2013 grads (or older). The challenge: to design a mini-collection of three outfits that fits the Kane customer. The grand prize? A one-year scholarship to attend FIDM.
See if you've got what it takes to become the next design star and let us know what you think of the three winning dresses in the comments.—Stephanie Chan
· Karen Kane & FIDM Little Black Dress Challenge [Karen Kane]
· FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising [Official Site]