The Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer semifinalists have just been announced, and the South’s made an exceptionally strong showing.

Out of the 20 who made the cut, 13 are from Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and South Carolina, with the other seven hailing from New York and Pennsylvania. The semifinalists will show their collections in groups of five each night of Charleston Fashion Week (March 18-22), competing for a grand prize that includes a $5,000 cash prize, a free runway show during CFW 2015, and a mentoring opportunity with fashion industry leaders.

The S.C. semifinalists are Kaitlyn Machos and Noelle Stanley. See the full list and learn more about the competition and CFW at