SUPIMA

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. and prized the world over by designers and retailers who value its luster, strength, and superior softness. Begun 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. For this fifth Supima Design Competition, four of America’s top design schools were asked to select two finalists from among their graduating seniors. Each finalist was asked to create a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting. This year’s eight finalists: Bradley Mounce and Carly Rosenbrook from the Fashion Institute of Technology; Sylvia Bukowski and Will Riddle from Kent State; Hannah Soukup and Morgan Selin from the Rhode Island School of Design; and Michelle Leal and Rachel Buske from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The winner will be announced at the completion of the show and receive an award of $10,000. — Designers — Fashion Institute of Technology Bradley Mounce Carly Rosenbrook Kent State Sylvia Bukowski Will Riddle Rhode Island School of Design Hannah Soukup Morgan Selin Savannah College of Art and Design Michelle Leal Rachel Buske

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