Supima is a United States non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of American Pima cotton around the world. For the past six years they have held the Supima design competition to raise awareness of the versatility of these fabrics.
Students are selected from some of the best design schools in the country, assigned faculty mentors and given raw material Pima fabrics .They are tasked with designing a capsule collection of women's evening wear using high end shirting , fine jersey, denim, corduroy and twill which are unconventional materials for evening wear. The students must transform the raw materials including dyeing and fabric manipulation to create their vision which will be showcased at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Four schools selected two promising students each to compete and they had from May to September to complete their designs.This years designers were:
Bradley Mounce - Fashion Institute of Technology
Carly Rosenbrook- Fashion Institute of Technology
Sylvia Bukowski- Kent State University
Will Riddle - Kent State University
Morgan Selin - Rhode Island School of Design
Hannah Soukup- Rhode Island Scholl of Design
Rachel Buske- Savannah College of Art and Design
Michelle Leal- Savannah College of Art and Design
Images of all eight collections can be viewed in the slideshow. All eight collections really showcased the versatility of the fabric but host , designer and über stylist Rachel Zoe announced the judge's verdict and awarded the $10,000 Prize to Morgan Selin for her foiled denim creations and woven detail jersey gowns.