New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Supima Design Competition


How many ways can you design an evening gown with Supima cotton? Eight students from Fashion Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt were given that exact challenge. Using made in the USA Supima fabrics: knits, twills, corduroy, denim and shirting, these emerging designers had to disrupt their thinking and find ways to bring to life a capsule of formal attire all of their own.

At the studio at Lincoln Center, solid colors were a standout with shades of orange and yellow rising to the top. Abigail Glass of RISD opened the show with a soft salmon jersey halter to introduce spring with the high-low hem that's been popular for seasons. Other pieces were bolder and even combined colors, like the sunshine and peach ombre hand-tucked corduroy gown. Natalia Yepes of SCAD shared a similar color story, but her version included beaded details and a certain fluidity that worked the runway.

Defining the body, Kyle Pearson showed multiple variations of the corset; hand bleached denim, silk organza and fan laced leather accentuated his gowns. His FIT classmate, Yvonne Luong mastered fan pleating and dying with the fabrics.

Kate Wilkoff of Pratt was announced as the winner by Rachel Zoe which earned her $10,000 to help start her career. Focusing on deconstructed jersey and hand-dyed and painted treatments that was dominated by shades of mustard, she proved that Supima can be used to create fascinating texture and dimension. Chosen as the one that was able to reinvent the brand based on execution and originality by a panel of judges including Buxton Midyette of Supima, Tadashi Shoji, Cindy Weber-Cleary of InStyle, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson of Gilt Groupe and Aslaug Magnusdottir of Moda Operandi, Kate along with the other designers showed that this all-American fiber offers worlds of versatility.

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