Diana Leon Band
Sep 13 2021
Yuki Xu of the Rhode Island School of Design won the Supima design award, cotton cashmere, this year at an awards ceremony moderated by Law Roach.
Xu impressed with his biomorphic ideas in a contest that annually pits students from fashion schools across the United States. The winner wins a $ 10,000 prize, as well as industry recognition and visibility.
Celebrated stylist and image architect Roach announced the winner of this year’s Supima Design Contest after a joint show in midtown Manhattan during New York Fashion Week.
Supima is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of Pima cotton grown in the United States around the world, and has organized the contest for the last decade. Xu and five other finalists from top design schools across the country showed capsule collections of eveningwear made entirely from Supima cotton in a live performance on the 608 Fifth Avenue runway. All finalists were asked to create five looks using five types of Supima fabric: shirt, twill, denim, jersey, and velvet.
The award’s elite jury included Roach, Nicola Formichetti, Fern Mallis, Edward Barsamian, Luke Meagher, Kelly Augustine, Godfrey Deeny, Freya Drohan, Gianluca Longo, Emilia Petrarca, Avril Graham, Jerome Lamaar and the winner of the 2016 edition of the Supima design contest, Jeffrey Taylor.
For his seventh year, CFDA award-winning evening wear designer Bibhu Mohapatra joined as a mentor to the finalists.
The other five finalists this year were Cat Pfingst of Drexel University; Jiarui (Ruby) Cai, from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Yitao Li, from the Fashion Institute of Technology; Alana Tolliver, from Kent State University, and Bora Kim, from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
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