Joan Madison, owner and designer at Joan's Bridal Couture, was commended as an emerging designer for her eveningwear during the fashion event.

Earlier this month, we shared exciting news that Central Ohio’s own Joan Madison, owner and designer behind Joan’s Bridal Couture, would be displaying her eveningwear looks in an emerging designers competition at Lexus Charleston Fashion Week in Charleston, South Carolina. Madison was one of 12 designers from across the country accepted to compete as an emerging designer.

While Madison didn’t take home the grand prize, she did earn the People’s Choice award the night of her show. Audience members vote at the show using a cell phone app to recognize their favorite designers.

Madison advanced as a finalist to show her looks again on the last day of Charleston Fashion Week, but sadly fell just short of being named the top designer.

“Joan Madison is an incredibly visionary designer with strong technical skills and exquisite execution,” says Andrea Serrano, blogger at Charleston Shop Curator and one of the competition’s judges. “All of us judges agree that she was one of the strongest designers, and this year was the hardest year to make a decision [about] who would win. It was an honor to host a designer of that caliber at Charleston Fashion Week. Columbus is lucky to have a designer like Joan representing them.”

We certainly are. Congratulations again to Madison on her outstanding achievement and recognition.