Supima, America’s luxury cotton founded in 1954, hosted their annual Design Competition at the Studio at Lincoln Center, giving runway exposure to emerging talent. Supima’s Design Competition was modeled after the 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. For this competition, four top US design schools were asked to select two finalists among their graduating seniors to create a capsule collection of women’s evening gowns from made in the USA premium Supima fabrics: denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting. The schools featured in the competition were Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and Savannah College of Art and Design, the winner awarded $10,000 to launch their career.
The panel of judges included Buxton Midyette of Supima, Tadashi Shoji, Cindy Weber-Cleary of InStyle, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson of Gilt Groupe and Aslaug Magnusdottir of Moda Operandi, looking for the finalist that would best execute originality with the fabrics. Abigail Glass of RISD opened the show with a salmon jersey halter, introducing spring season emphasizing that the high-low trend is here to stay! Solid colors proved to be a standout in shades of orange and yellow used throughout the collections. Kate Wilkoff of Pratt Institute was announced the winner by Rachel Zoe. Proving that Supima can be used to create depth and texture in pieces, Kate used jersey and hand-dyed treatments to create stunning dimension. Beautifully executing the construction of each piece in the collection, Kate showed the true versatility of Supima cotton. Next year’s competition is sure to be a stand out show!