Design Challenge Finalists Announced


Thursday, March 3, 2011


Local Fashion Designers Selected for Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge

Finalists to showcase ballgirl uniform designs at Macy’s Runway Show on March 31


The Phillies Ballgirls are about to get a new uniform – thanks to 14 local designers vying to be the next MVP of fashion.


After a week-long judging process, Macy’s and the Phillies have selected 14 finalists to take part in the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge. Each of the finalists will create a new Phillies Ballgirl uniform, be assigned a Phillies Ballgirls as a model, and showcase the finalist’s vision during a live runway show at Macy’s Center City on Thursday, March 31. The winning uniform design, chosen during the runway show by a panel of judges, will be worn by the Phillies Ballgirls at select off-field community appearances during the 2011 season.


The competing designers have a variety of professional backgrounds, from designing accessories to swimwear to children’s clothing.


“We are so pleased with the pool of applicants for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge,” said Melissa Ludwig, Macy’s District Vice President. “Philadelphians have a lot of talent and the finalists selected are all outstanding designers who understand the need for fashion and functionality. They are no doubt the perfect candidates to develop a uniform to represent the Phillies Ballgirls, as well as the Phillies and Macy’s brands.”


“The submissions we received for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge were just fantastic,” said Michele DeVicaris, Manager, Phillies Ballgirls. “Each of the designers selected has a keen eye for what’s fresh and fashionable, and we can’t wait to join our fans in seeing these creations come to life during the live runway fashion show at Macy’s on March 31.”


More information regarding the live runway show at Macy’s will be available soon at


Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge Finalists

Karen Bloomfield – Lansdale, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Lilly Pulitzer assistant fashion designer; NBC 10 “Runway Challenge” finalist

Jeanne Douglass – Sinking Spring, Pa.

Cornell University – BS, Fiber Science & Apparel Design; Philadelphia University, Masters – Fashion Apparel

Gymnastics apparel designer for GK-Elite Sportswear

Rachel Marie Godwin – Media, Pa.

Attended The International Academy of Design & Technology – Fashion Design

Owner, designer of Rachel Marie Specialty Apparel Designs; Received “Best of Show – Most Marketable Collection” Swimwear

Michele Gresh – Forth Washington, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Co-founder, designer of Modern Unity; Finalist in 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Elizabeth LaBrasca – Manayunk, Pa.

Attending Philadelphia University

Visual display & merchandising intern for Anthropologie

Rachel Lichtenwalner – Macungie, Pa.

Attending Marist College 

BS Fashion Design

Design selected to be in Marist College
Silver Needle Fashion Show

Pamela Martin – Riverton, NJ

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Former runner-up for NBC “Runway Challenge”


Jaime Melfi – Haddonfield, NJ

Attended Appalachian State University – Apparel & Textiles

Accessory designer, has own label; Art specialist with Gloucester County YMCA

Jessica Mintz – Basking Ridge, NJ

Junior at Drexel University –

BS, Fashion Design

Fashion reporter for The Triangle, Drexel University; Offered design internship at Nanette Lepore

Jessica Hume Morris – Langhorne, Pa.

Attended Pratt Institute –

BFA, Fashion Design

Interned for Christian Siriano; Worked for indie designer Zoe Twitt; Working on own design label

Kelsey Pushkarewicz – Newark, De.

Junior at University of Delaware –

BS, Apparel Design

Former design intern for QVC & Fran Caselli

Aleksandra Svetlichnaya – Upper Holland, Pa.

Attended Art Institute of Philadelphia – BS, Fashion Design

Owner, designer of SVET by Aleksandra; former intern for Michael Kors; 2009 Costumer designer/director on Spike TV’s “Playbook” & Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Katie Todorow – Quakertown, Pa.

Attending Drexel University – BA, Fashion Design

Intern for Deborah Marquit Couture Lingerie

Huy Tran – Philadelphia, Pa.

Attended The Fashion Institute of Technology

Associate designer for Notations



The Phillies Ballgirls are ambassadors for the Phillies both on and off the field. They represent educated, athletic and energetic women who serve as role models in professional sports for young girls. During each game the Ballgirls sit on the first and third baselines to field foul balls and give them to lucky young Phillies fans. They also run softball clinics, attend charity events, play in charity softball games and captain the Phillies Red Goes Green Team.  Phillies Ballgirls are an integral part of the Phillies organization and have been featured on many TV and radio programs including SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on ESPN.




Why are there only 14 finalists picked? On the other forms, there were supposed to be 15 finalists.

We were looking for up 15 finalists and have selected 14 total. More info on the finalists to come!

Thanks for sharing. What a pelsuare to read!

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