SUPIMA’S BEST: Jusil Carroll, a recent fashion design graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, won the Supima Competition on Thursday. Carroll, 34, a native of South Korea, said, “This was my first fashion show, I can’t believe it. This was an amazing experience.”

The capsule collection Carroll designed for the competition, which included two students from four schools — FIT, Pratt Institute, the Rhode Island School of Design and Savannah College of Art and Design — features sleeveless cocktail and evening dresses. Her line, like all the participants’, features Supima cotton grown in the U.S. and supplied by fabric mills Albini Group, Carlo Bonomi, Fessler USA and Kurabo.

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“Let me just say I am blown away,” said Rachel Zoe, who hosted the event at the Studio at Lincoln Center, after the show of the collections of Carroll and the other finalists, Amy Bittner from FIT; MaRu Jung and Dara Rosen from Pratt; Rachel Pullman and Connie Weng from RISD, and Lorena Cuevas and Marlow Larson from SCAD.

Carroll, a recipient of last year’s $25,000 CFDA Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship, received $10,000 for her first prize from Supima, the trade group representing American growers of pima cotton. This year’s judges include Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder of Gilt Groupe; Kevin Harter, vice president of men’s fashion for Bloomingdale’s; model Coco Rocha, and designers Charlotte Ronson and Nicole Miller.

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