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Winners Announced For 2014 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Design Competition

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — June 9, 2014—AATCC announces the winners of the 2014 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition. AATCC received 88 entries from various colleges and universities for its tenth annual design competition.

This year’s theme, Boardwalk asked students to showcase their talent in textile design by creating a swimwear collection for 18-30 year old women. Color palettes could be chosen from the PantoneView Colour Planner Summer 2014.
Awards included a first place cash award of US$1,000 along with a copy of Pantone’s Cotton Passport and a US$100 Spoonflower gift certificate; a US$750 award and a US$100 Spoonflower gift certificate for second place; and two US$100 awards for honorable mentions and US$50 Spoonflower gift certificates.

  • 1st Place:  Whittled Sands by Emma Sidoriak, University of Delaware
  • 2nd Place: Architectonic Armory by Mercedes Garcia-Reyes, Kansas State University
  • Honorable Mentions:
  • Bali Tides by Jordynn Beckman, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Native Pride by Elizabeth Gilligan, Drexel University

Taking part in the competition was both a learning experience and fun activity for the award winners. "The best and worst part about doing the Competition was that I was working on it in the midst of finishing up my senior year," says first place winner Emma Sidoriak, University of Delaware. "I used the Competition as an outlet for my creative juices that were otherwise pent up because of the stress and anxiety of a hectic semester. I really enjoyed myself working on this project." The Concept 2 Consumer® Design Competition was not Sidoriak’s first experience of AATCC. "I helped to found a new club on campus, a UD student chapter of AATCC, of which I was President; this was a great leadership experience." Sidoriak says that AATCC membership is important to her future career. "I think being an AATCC member will be beneficial in the future because the AATCC network sheds light on others in the industry with various backgrounds, yet similar values to my own when it comes to the importance of textiles and responsibility."
"I…enjoyed researching the current swimwear trends as well as the color trends for the season," notes second place winner Mercedes Garcia-Reyes, Kansas State University. She says she also learned to have more confidence in her CAD and design skills. "I never expected to place in the competition, and just did it for my class and for fun, so it really did take me by surprise when I found out that I had won second place out of so many entries."
“ I enjoyed the competition because I got to design swimwear for a fun fashionable target market and it was a chance to be creative, “says honorable mention winner Jordynn Beckman, University of Wisconsin-Stout. "I learned that working hard, [and] taking the time to research trends and the target market was very important." The other honorable mention winner, Elizabeth Gilligan of Drexel University, notes that AATCC membership "is essential to any student or young designer. Not only does it provide news about upcoming events, but it serves as a reliable platform for jobs, networking, and scholarship opportunities."
AATCC would like to extend appreciation to the competition judges:

  • Carrie Yates, Manager, Product Development at Cotton Incorporated
  • Erica Christianson, Nike Swim Designer at Perry Ellis International
  • Jessica Wright, Print & Pattern Developer at Nike
  • Julie Lotz, Senior Design Manager at Spanx
  • Stephanie McCarrey, Designer at Spanx
  • Tracy Marciano, Senior Swim Designer for Nike at Perry Ellis International

Posted June 9, 2014

Source: AATCC