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NEW YORK — Eight recent graduates representing the “best of the best” in American design schools will square off for a $10,000 first prize in the live runway finale of the Sixth Annual Supima Design Competition on Sept. 5.
Hosted by celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, the show will take place at 1 p.m. in the The Studio at Lincoln Center, where the young designers will present a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear made exclusively with Supima cotton fabrics. Chosen by an industry panel, the winner will receive a $10,000 check from Supima, the promotional organization of the American Pima cotton growers, to kick start his or her fashion career.
This year’s finalists are Bradley Mounce and Carly Rosenbrook from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology; Sylvia Bukowski and Will Riddle from Ohio’s Kent State University; Hannah Soukup and Morgan Selin from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Michelle Leal and Rachel Buske from Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design.
“Supima is [pleased] once again to work with the leading design schools and their students,” said Buxton Midyette, vice president of marketing and promotions at Supima. “It is such a great opportunity for us to support the talent that represents the future of the industry.”
Started in 2008, the annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent. Since its start, former Supima Design Competition winners have gone on to launch their own labels, show at New York Fashion Week and win jobs with major brands.
Supima is considered America’s luxury cotton known for its softness, strength and lasting color. Founded in 1954, the Supima brand designates an elite variety of Pima cotton grown only in California and the Southwest.