Yuki Xu from the Rhode Island School of Design won this year’s Supima Design Award at an award ceremony hosted by Law Roach.
Xu won the competition, which is attended annually by students from fashion colleges from all over the United States, with her biomorphic creations. In addition to prize money of $ 10,000, the winner will also be recognized and recognized by the industry.
The well-known stylist and image architect Roach announced this year’s winner of the Supima design competition after a joint show in the center of Manhattan during New York Fashion Week.
Supima is a non-profit organization that advocates the use of American-grown Pima cotton worldwide and has held the competition for ten years. Xu and five other finalists from top design schools across the country showed evening wear capsule collections made exclusively from Supima cotton in a catwalk presentation at 608 Fifth Avenue. The finalists were asked to create five looks from five different Supima fabrics: shirt fabric, twill, denim, jersey and cotton velvet.
The top-class jury of the award 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 Supima Design Competition, Jeffrey Taylor.
For the seventh time, the evening wear designer Bibhu Mohapatra, who received the CFDA Award, acted as mentor to the finalists.
The other five finalists this year were Cat Pfingst from 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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