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Supima Design Competition Winner Named

Kate Wilkoff, who graduated in May from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design, took home a $10,000 prize.

SUPIMA WINNER: “How amazing was that. I am very impressed,” said celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, following the runway show for the capsule collections of the eight finalists of the Fifth Annual Supima Design Competition Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Center. “I really want to wear a lot of it — I’m just saying.”

Then Zoe, who hosted the event, revealed the winner: Kate Wilkoff, who graduated in May from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design. Wilkoff, who received a $10,000 prize to use toward her career, wants to start her own eveningwear firm and was inspired by architecture that is affected by natural deconstruction processes, such as rust and decay in her designs. Her five-piece collection featured layered cocktail dresses, and evening gowns ranging from sleeveless and strapless styles to cap-sleeve and three-quarter-sleeve numbers.

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Like all the participants, Wilkoff’s creations used Supima cotton fabrics provided by brand partners AG, Agave, Brooks Brothers, Kurabo and Splendid. Wilkoff used materials such as bleached and hand-dyed denim, jersey-covered corduroy, metallic-painted twill and metallic-painted shirting.

The other participants were Meredith Lyon of Pratt, Kyle Phillip Edmund Pearson and Yvonne Luong of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Abbey Glass and Jacqueline Siefert of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Eduardo Labohemia Calvo and Natalia Yepes of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Supima is the promotional organization of American Pima cotton growers.

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