NEW YORK — Dana Buchman will be this year’s guest judge at a the High School of Fashion Industries’ annual “Stretch to the Future” competition. Sponsored by Radici Spandex, the event is set to take place May 9 at HFSI in Manhattan.

The event’s patriotic theme will include work from the junior and senior classes that use red, white and blue stars and stripes in their designs. Categories to be judged will include women’s sportswear, lingerie, swimwear, dresses, eveningwear and fantasy designs, as well as children’s wear and men’s wear. A grand-prize winner will be awarded $1,000 and a first and second runner-up will be given $750 and $500, respectively. In addition, one designer from each category will win $250.

Apparel will be displayed on mannequins and judged by fabric company executives and fashion editors from such publications as Teen People, Latina, Essence, WWD and its sibling publications Children’s Business and DNR.

Later in the month, on May 22, Buchman will return to HSFI and receive a “2002 Stretch to the Future” award in recognition of her influence in the fashion industry. The award will be given at the school’s annual end-of-the-year fashion show.

“I’d delighted to do any outside activities that involve students because they will be the next garment center [executives.] It’s always nice to be recognized and spandex is an important part of American fashion.”

Radici Spandex vice president Bill Girrier said Buchman will make the event more significant.

“Her influence in the industry is well noted and admired. We continue to be amazed at the talent that emanates from the students from this wonderful high school. Each year, HSFI students find new ways to apply Radici Spandex fabrics to their designs.”

This is the fourth year the Fall River, Mass.-based company has sponsored the event.

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