The Target Emerging Designer Award Goes to … Mélissa Nepton

MONTREAL, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) is pleased to 
present the Target Emerging Designer Award to Mélissa Nepton. After intense 
review by a panel of judges, Mélissa was selected from a group of five 
finalists as the grand prize winner during the final competition hosted last 
night at Montreal Fashion Week. The Target Emerging Designer Award is part of 
the Designers Fund, a joint initiative of Groupe Sensation Mode and Fondation 
de la mode de Montréal. 
As the grand prize winner, Mélissa will create an apparel collection to be 
sold exclusively at Target stores in Quebec in 2014. She will also receive a 
$25,000 grant and will be featured in Elle Québec. 
"We're proud to announce Mélissa Nepton as the winner of the Target Emerging 
Designer Award, which allows up-and-coming fashion designers the opportunity 
to kick-start their career in fashion," said John Morioka, senior 
vice-president, Merchandising, Target Canada. "Target is known for its 
innovative designer partnerships and we look forward to showcasing Melissa's 
design throughout Quebec." 
Mélissa Nepton was introduced to the fashion world at an early age, as she 
watched her mother create theatre costumes and children's clothes. After 
studying fashion in Montreal and Paris, Mélissa worked for the Marie-Claire 
Group. Her dream of creating her own label came true when she was cast in the 
reality TV show La Collection. Soon afterward, Mélissa established her 
eponymous label. 
"I feel so fortunate to receive this award and I look forward to seeing my 
passion and dream become a reality when my collection hits Target's Quebec 
stores in 2014," said Mélissa."Target has given me a once-in-a-lifetime 
opportunity to showcase my work." 
All five finalists presented three looks at the grand finale.The panel of 
judges scored each collection based on visual appearance, style, communication 
and marketability. 
"Mélissa's collection struck us the moment her first look hit the stage," 
explained judge Chantal Durivage, co-president of Groupe Sensation Mode. "Her 
collection is creative and unique and is sure to be a hit with Target's 
customers in Quebec!" 
The panel of judges included Marianne Cobb, vice-president, Marketing, 
Canadelle; Denis Desro, editor-in-chief, Fashion, ELLE Québec; Chantal 
Durivage, co-president, Groupe Sensation Mode; Annie Horth, fashion stylist 
and creative director; and John Morioka, senior vice-president, Merchandising, 
Target Canada. 
Target plans to open 25 stores across Quebec beginning in fall 2013. 
About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,778 stores 
across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its 
first stores in Canada in 2013. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its 
profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more 
than $4 million a week. For more information about Target's commitment to 
corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood. 
Sébastien Bouchard, Target Communications, 514-207-1098 Target Media Hotline, 
612-696-3400 
Image with caption: "Target is pleased to present the Target Emerging Designer 
Award to Melissa Nepton. Judges Denis Desro, editor in chief, Fashion, ELLE 
Québec, Marianne Cobb, vice-president, Marketing, Canadelle and member of the 
board, Fondation de la mode de Montréal, John Morioka, senior vice-president, 
Merchandising, Target Canada, Chantal Durivage, co-president, Groupe Sensation 
Mode and Annie Horth, stylist and creative director, as well as Mitsou 
Gelinas, Target fashion ambassador, were impressed by the designer's 
creativity. (CNW Group/Target Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4170_PHOTO_EN_23446.jpg 
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