Supima Design Competition Celebrates 11th Anniversary Runway Show

NEW YORK CITY — September 6, 2018 — WHO: Supima along with recent graduates from the nation’s leading design schools: Paula Amaral from Academy of Art University, Genevieve Lake from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Lili Shi from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Alanna Lizun from Kent State University, Jessica Chang from Parsons School of Design, Bryn Lourié from Rhode Island School of Design and Jessica Rubinstein from Savannah College of Art and Design

WHAT: Supima presented the 11th annual Supima Design Competition. A collective runway showing of participating designers from the nation’s top design schools presented capsule collections of women’s eveningwear made exclusively with donated Supima cotton fabrics. Additionally, this year Supima linked up with talent recruitment firm 24Seven to market the Supima Design Competition finalists’ portfolios to fashion houses across North America and Europe.

The winner, Lili Shi from Fashion Institute of Technology, was selected by the below panel of industry judges, and received a $10,000 check from Supima to kick-start her design career. Additionally, Lili will present during Paris Fashion Week later this month.

Participating for the second year, June Ambrose served as host.

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Judges included:

  • Amanda Hearst – co-founder, Maison de Mode
  • Aria Darcella – fashion news editor, The Daily Front Row
  • Avril Graham – executive fashion and beauty editor, Harper’s BAZAAR
  • Carmen Lilly – stylist
  • Faith Cummings – contributor, Teen VOGUE
  • Fern Mallis – founder, New York Fashion Week
  • Hassan Pierre– co-founder, Maison de Mode
  • Hilary Milnes – managing editor,
  • Rajni Jacques – fashion director, Teen VOGUE and Allure
  • Ruthie Friedlander – site director,
  • Tracey Greenstein – business reporter, WWD
  • Tyler McCall – deputy editor,

Started in 2008, the annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent and was modeled on the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of the then-teenaged Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Since its start, former Supima Design Competition winners have gone on to launch their own labels, show at New York Fashion Week, and secure jobs with top international labels including Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Phillip Lim.

Posted September 7, 2018

Source: Supima