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GLOBE AWARDS STUDENTS: Globe Manufacturing awarded $4,000 in scholarships to nine students from New York’s High School of Fashion Industries who won the second “Stretch to the Future” competition.
The awards were presented Wednesday at the school’s annual fashion show, entitled “60 Years of Fashion.” Designs were submitted for the contest, which included seven categories, using fabrics made with Globe’s Glospan spandex. Fabrics were donated by the likes of Darlington Fabrics, Fab Industries, Guilford Mills, Malden Mills and Symphony. This year’s “designer judge,” who was also honored at the show, was Steve Madden.
“My advice to students who want to succeed in any business is: First, find something you love, put your whole heart into it and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of your goal,” Madden told the crowd.
The winning students were: Ming Zhao, grand-prize winner and winner in lingerie; Kelly Ruiz, first runner-up and winner in sportswear; Izmira Tawfeek, second runner-up; Dominic Supersad and Miriam Rosa, winners in the fantasy category; Liu-Fang He, winner in eveningwear; Ivana Cepeda, winner in activewear/swimwear; Stephen Cucci, winner in men’s, and Tiffany Rhodes, winner in children’s wear.

COTTON CALLING ALL DESIGNERS: Cotton Incorporated is once again calling for submissions for its Textile Designer Awards, which are set for Sept. 12 at the company’s Consumer Marketing Headquarters in Manhattan.
The awards recognize designers’ ability to add aesthetic creativity and functional effectiveness to 100 percent cotton products or, for the first time, ones containing cotton-rich blends that would further cotton’s marketability in apparel and home fabrics. The five categories for apparel fabrics are knits, wovens, novelties, prints and technical achievement.
“In the past, this event has been focused solely on fabrics made from 100 percent cotton,” said Dean B. Turner, senior vice president of Cotton Inc.’s Global Product Marketing division. “But there are many fabric and product initiatives that we and our partners are working on that are primarily made from cotton and are blended with other fibers. Many of these products are going to help push cotton forward in markets, such as women’s wear, that have been less oriented to 100 percent products.”
All submissions must be received no later than July 21.