The 6th Annual Supima Design Competition

So what is the Supima Design Competition? It’s a competition between 8 emerging designers who were provided fabric from Supima’s brand partners-AG Adriano Goldschmeid, Agave, Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers and Kurabo. The designers were asked to create a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear and were to highlight the unique characteristics of Supima cotton. The designs were judged on originality, execution and the ability to showcase Supima. The winner received a $10,000 cash prize. The following are the leading design schools that participated: FIT, Kent State University, RI School of Design and The Savannah College of Art & Design. Each school nominated 2 of its top graduating seniors to participate. The competition was hosted by the infamous Rachel Zoe. The winner was Morgan Selin from the RI School of Design, but here is my ranking of the designer contestants. What are your thoughts? I’m sure we will see more from these designers in the future, regardless of the results!

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Each designer created 5 looks, but below are just some of the pieces in each designer’s capsule collections.


1) Will Riddle, Kent State University

h-623_w-360   Purple & black strapless gown, hand-painted laser cut bodice

h-623_w-360  Purple and black mermaid gown with laser cut floral and shoulder fringe detailing

h-623_w-360  Black knit gown with laser cut hand-painted belt and knit strips



2) Morgan Selin, RI School of Design

h-623_w-360  Midnight blue floor-length gown with woven bodice

h-623_w-360  Twill dress in an ombre of slate to midnight blue with dyed bias strips



3) Hannah Soukoup, RI School of Design

h-623_w-360  Green open-backed evening cape and dress with pulled-thread fabric manipulations and felted details

h-623_w-360  Green shirting dress with 3D printed collar and felted textures



4) Sylvia Bukowski, Kent State University

h-623_w-360  Grey mermaid style backless gown with pin tucks at the bodice

h-623_w-360  Red & purple shirted bodice dress with pin tucks details

h-623_w-360  Grey & purple hand knit jersey dress with side slit



5) Bradley Mounce, FIT

h-623_w-360  Red asymmetrical dress with tacking details

h-623_w-360  Cream shirting dress, a-line skirt, triangle detailed waistband

h-623_w-360  Red denim vest with lapel collar and column skirt



6) Michelle Leal, Savannah College of Art & Design

h-623_w-360  Sleeveless mermaid gown in white & blue with digitally printed ruffles



7) Rachel Buske, Savannah College of Art & Design

h-623_w-360  Orange twill dress high hi-lo bubble hem and hand-painted star print bodice

h-623_w-360  Orange bubble hem dress with hand-dyed sun & star print bodice

h-623_w-360  Aurora shirting dress with twisted hem and pleated waist



8) Carly Rosenbrook, FIT

h-623_w-360  Pink twill dress with side flare, patent laminate finish and textural print

h-623_w-360  Pink full-length knit dress with patent laminate finish & textural print


Special Credits

  • Hair-Jon Reyman for Aveda
  • Makeup-Chantel Miller and the MAC pro team
  • Nails-Pattie Yankee
  • Shoes-CC Corso Como

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