Here comes the bride…

Emerald Couturiers is calling all fashion designers for Project Emerald, a bridal design competition that could earn you an internship, cash as well as a chance for your design to be sold and shown on the pages of Brides Magazine.


The competition requires you to sketch and design a wedding gown (you don’t actually have to make the dress) will be based on two design categories:

1. Popular Dress Designs:

The Popular Category includes designs that appeal to a majority of brides with a retail price point of $1200-$1500. Please keep this in mind when determining the styling of your design and the fabrics to be used. Consider body type and realistic proportions while developing concepts and produce designs suitable for a range of sizes. The winning design will be featured on both the Emerald Bridal and websites, and might also be included in next season’s collection.

2. Trend Dress Designs:

The Trend Category is for gowns with no boundaries! Use your imagination and design skill to create a masterpiece of any styling and price point. If selected, the gown will be featured on both the Emerald Bridal and website.

For complete details on how to enter, follow the jump.

How to enter:
– The project begins December 1, 2009 and ends January 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM ET.
– Follow the instructions to complete and submit the entry form on website (link is at bottom of this page).
– You must include two (2) JPEGs of sketches clearly showing the front and back of an original wedding dress design classified in either the “Popular” or “Trend” category, accompanied by a brief description of the gown, explanation of details, and notes on any special features.
– Entrants represent and warrant that their Submission is their original work; it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity.
– Limit: One entry per person, per email address, and per category during the Promotion Period.

– All entries will be judged on or about January 16, 2010 (the “Judging Date”) by a panel of judges comprised of Emerald Bridal design team, bridal retailers on Emerald Bridal’s advisory panel, Brides & editorial and/or advertising representatives.
– Criteria for the Popular category: visual appeal (60%) and wearability (40%)
– Criteria for the Trend category: visual appeal (60%), originality (40%).
– Once a selection of semifinalists is made (the number of semifinalists is at Sponsors’ sole discretion), they will be notified on or about January 22, 2010.
– The semifinalists’ sketches will be posted on where the public will vote for the winner in each category – Popular and Trend.
– The entry with highest overall score will be declared the potential winner (in the event of a tie, the entry with the higher score in the visual appeal criteria will prevail).

The prizes are as follows:

For Popular Dress Designs:
– $1,000 cash prize
– The opportunity to have your dress manufactured by Emerald Couturiers and sold at retail
– A 1-year remote internship for Emerald Couturiers
– The opportunity for your design to be featured in an Emerald Couturiers ad in BRIDES Magazine

For Trend Dress Designs:
– $500 cash prize
– A 1-year remote internship for Emerald Couturiers

Link to enter and upload sketches by January 15, 2010:

For a complete set of rules visit

Now go out there and design the best darn wedding dress ever!