Supima – Design Competition and NYFW Spring / Summer runway show.

The Academy of Art University, The Fashion Institute of Technology, Kent State University, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, The Pratt Institute, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Savannah College of Art and Design were represented for Supima. The prize of $10000 went to Kate McKenna from Savannah College of Art and Design.



Supima is America’s luxury cotton. Founded in 1954, the Supima brand designates an elite variety of Pima cotton grown only in California and the southwestern U.S. is prized the world over by designers and retailers who value its luster, strength, and superior softness.

The annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent and was modeled after the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of the then-teenaged Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

Seven of America’s top design schools (AAU, FIDM, FIT, Kent State, Pratt BF+DA, RISD, SCAD) are asked to select one finalist from among their graduating seniors. Each finalist is asked to create a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting.

A prestigious panel of judges decide the winner at a full-fledged fashion show held during New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. The winner is announced at the completion of the show and receives a $10,000 cash award.

Supima Design Competition



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