For the sixth annual Supima Design Competition, eight seniors from the leading US fashion schools graduated to the tents at Lincoln Center to participate in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Using Supima cotton as their canvas, their challenge was to create a capsule collection that brought out the features of the fabric. Fine jersey, denim, corduroy, twill and high-end shirting were to make up their five looks.
Michelle Leal from Savannah College of Art and Design focused on the details. She created a knit gown with a pleated bodice and folded disks from the waist down to show her penchant for intricate pursuits. Her denim two-tier pleated skirt with hand sewn ruffles was also a standout. Carly Rosenbrook from FIT told a pink story and used geometric shapes, color blocking and a patent laminate finish for a glossy texture. Morgan Selin of Rhode Island School of Design was named the winner by a panel of industry judges and was awarded the $10,000 prize. Her collection was cohesive and designed in a midnight blue base and used a foil treatment which was strung throughout. Whether it was on a slim fitting mermaid-like gown or a corduroy cascading dress, each piece was refined, elegant and made to work for the night.
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