Supima Cotton Fashion Design Contest Set for 15-Year Milestone – Sourcing Journal

The 15th installment of the annual Supima design competition is scheduled for September 10 during New York Fashion Week.

As in the past, the 2022 Supima Design Competition will see eight finalists from the country’s leading design schools showcase their unique collections, all made from US-grown Pima cotton. They will try to win a grand prize of $10,000.

Hosting duties for this year’s event will be shared by designer Christian Siriano and model and entrepreneur Coco Rocha. Siriano and Rocha will be joined by a panel of judges including Ann Caruso, Avril Graham, Cipriana Quann, Claire Thomson-Jonville, Edward Barsamian, Fern Mallis, Freya Drohan, Godfrey Deeney, Jeffrey Taylor, Jerome Lamaar, Kelly Augustine, Lisa Lockwood, Luke Meagher, Mickey Boardman, Shibon Kennedy and Tyler McCall.

Since May, young designers have immersed themselves in learning the premium properties that make Supima the top 1% of the world’s cotton. From their initial point of inspiration to countless sketches, Zoom calls and one-on-one mentoring sessions, each finalist crafted collections showcasing the versatility of American luxury cotton with looks that ranged from day to evening.

This year’s finalists are Candice Tianyu from the Academy of Art University of San Fransisco, Chan Kyoo Hwang from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Fabian Renteria from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Bryan Barrientos from the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, Antonia Bruno of Kent State University in Ohio, Hu Jun Yi of the Rhode Island School of Design, Michelle Sumin Suh of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Taku Yhim of the Parsons School of Design in New York, The New School.

Returning for his eighth year as a mentor to the finalists, evening wear designer Bibhu Mohapatra, who was instrumental in the competition, provided each contestant with insight and guidance throughout the design process. and adjustment.

“It’s really exciting to celebrate 15 years of the Supima Design Competition,” said Buxton Midyette, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for Supima. “That 15 years has passed so quickly is a testament to the partnerships Supima has developed with top design schools and their best graduates. Each year, these talented finalists capture our moment so perfectly in their collections. I can’t wait to share the 2022 collections and look forward to the years to come.

This year’s competition will include a full runway presentation at The Gallery at Spring Studios in Manhattan and streamed live on Supima’s Instagram page, @supima.

Joseph E. Golightly