The folks behind Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week have been hard at work, gearing up for the 2014 event scheduled for March 18-22.

Pared down from 175 applicants, the long-awaited announcement of the Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists was made on Monday.

Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top Design 20 will have the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway during the five-day event.

Semifinalists will show their collections in groups of five with hopes of moving on to Saturday's Finale event. There finalists, in front of both fashion industry leaders and a large audience, will compete for the CFW Emerging Designer: East title and the grand prize (valued at more than $20,000).

The 2014 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists are:

Angela Bacskocky, Virginia

Anna Toth, North Carolina

Cori Spade, North Carolina

Deanna Ansara, New York

Ebony White, New York

Felicia Barth-Aasen, Georgia

Justin LeBlanc, North Carolina

Kaitlyn Machos, South Carolina

Leah and Rebecca Plante, New York

Maria-Teresa Peņa, New York

Noelle Stanley, South Carolina

Nkundwe Kasyanju, New York

Paola Ricardo, New York

Rebecca Walker, North Carolina

Sarah and AnnaKay Winford, Alabama

Stephanie J. Perry, Georgia

Terese Brown, Pennsylvania

Tiffany Saini, North Carolina

Yuyan He, Georgia

Zachary Howell, Georgia

In addition to showcasing collections by the emerging designers, the event includes designer runway shows, a style lounge with shopping opportunities and after-parties. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.charlestonfashionweek.com.