THE SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION
FOR THIS YEAR’S SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION, SUPIMA HAS PARTNERED WITH
AMERICA’S LEADING DESIGN SCHOOLS: THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, THE
PRATT INSTITUTE, THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, AND THE SAVANNAH COLLEGE
OF ART AND DESIGN. EACH SCHOOL NOMINATED TWO OF ITS TOP GRADUATING SENIORS AS
FINALISTS FOR THE SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION.
IN MAY OF 2011, EACH OF TODAY’S EIGHT DESIGNERS WAS ASSIGNED A FACULTY MENTOR,
PROVIDED FABRIC FROM SUPIMA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS FABRIC MILLS, AND ASKED TO
CREATE CAPSULE COLLECTIONS OF WOMEN’S EVENINGWEAR THAT CAPITALIZED ON THE
SOFTNESS, STRENGTH, AND LUSTER CHARACTERISTIC OF SUPIMA COTTON.
THE SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION REQUIRED EACH DESIGNER TO RETHINK FAMILIAR
FABRIC CONVENTIONS: THE LUSTROUS WOVENS CUSTOMARILY USED AS HIGH-END
SHIRTING; THE FINE JERSEY THAT GOES INTO LUXURY TOPS AND LINGERIE; AND THE
STURDY DENIMS, CORDUROYS, AND TWILLS THAT MAKE UP PREMIUM JEANS AND
DESIGNS WILL BE JUDGED ON ORIGINALITY, EXECUTION, AND ABILITY TO REINVENT
SUPIMA, AMERICA’S LUXURY COTTON.
— DESIGNERS —
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
— JUDGES —
KEVIN HARTER, BUXTON MIDYETTE, NICOLE MILLER, COCO ROCHA,
CHARLOTTE RONSON, ALEXANDRA WILKIS WILSON
SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION 2011
1. Strapless cocktail dress of bleached, dyed, painted, and stamped denim
embellished with painted lace and beading.
2. Sleeveless cocktail dress of dyed, painted, and stamped shirting embellished with
painted lace, beading, and sequins.
3. Sleeveless cocktail dress of dyed and stamped twill embellished with painted lace
4. Sleeveless cocktail dress of dyed and stamped jersey embellished with beads and
5. Cocktail dress with elbow-length sleeves, constructed of bleached, dyed, and
painted corduroy embellished with sequins and beads.
1. Single-shoulder cocktail dress in dyed twill with bodice detail constructed of
hand-dyed, hand-applied cotton rope.
2. Cocktail dress of dyed shirting with contrasting inset pleats constructed by
layering dyed, raw-edged shirting.
3. Denim dress with pin-tucked bodice and cotton rope embellishment.
4. Evening gown with skirt and self train showing contrast lining, constructed of
5. Evening dress constructed of bias-cut corduroy with hand-pleating details and
cotton rope embellishment.
1. Sleeveless, full-skirted cocktail dress of dyed corduroy with self-belt and foil
embellishment at hemline.
2. Cocktail sheath of dyed twill with hand-pleated balloon hem.
3. Sleeveless mini worn with overdress forming self train, both constructed of dyed
shirting treated with gold paint.
4. Evening dress of dyed denim with short-in-front, long-in-back full skirt and gold
5. Sleeveless evening dress with plunging neckline, constructed of dyed jersey with
black foil embellishment.
1. Cocktail dress of dyed stretch corduroy.
2. One-shoulder, draped, belted cocktail dress with asymmetric hem, constructed of
3. Draped jersey evening gown constructed of engineer-printed jersey.
4. Draped evening gown constructed of engineer-printed shirting, with leather halter.
5. Layered, strapless gown constructed of dyed and engineer-printed twill.
1. Long-sleeved evening ensemble constructed of tea-dyed jersey with silk
charmeuse bias binding.
2. Evening ensemble constructed of tea-dyed and ink-painted twill.
3. Jacket of ink-painted denim with crystal details, with matching full-length skirt
trimmed with bias ruffles, also constructed of ink-painted denim.
4. Bracelet-sleeved evening dress with elongated side and back godets, constructed
of ink-painted and tea-dyed shirting.
5. Strapless evening dress with elongated back godet, constructed of corduroy.
1. Extended-collar, open-sided evening gown constructed of dyed twill with hand-
painted and embroidered embellishment.
2. Long-sleeved evening gown with back slits, constructed of dyed jersey with hand-
painted and embroidered embellishment.
3. Wing-shoulder, open-back, sleeveless evening gown constructed of dyed shirting
with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
4. One-shoulder evening gown with diagonal standing collar, constructed of dyed
denim with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
5. Evening gown with extended-shoulder detail and removable top skirt, constructed
of corduroy with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
1. Strapless cocktail dress in olive twill with gold lace accents, worn with boned
corset and cape-shoulder shrug constructed from self-fabric cording.
2. Mermaid gown in black corduroy with lace accents, worn with cage peplum
constructed from self-fabric cording.
3. Sleeveless gown in olive jersey with self sash and bodice of nude mesh trimmed
in self-fabric jersey cording.
4. Strapless mini dress of olive denim with contrasting, skirted over-corset,
accessorized by a neckpiece constructed from self-fabric cording.
5. Sleeveless gown in violet shirting worn with cage corset constructed from self-
1. Sleeveless cocktail dress with draped skirt, constructed of dyed twill with leather
2. Sleeveless, high-waisted evening gown with layered skirt and self train,
constructed of dyed and digitally printed shirting, worn with a matching digitally
printed vest with leather embellishment.
3. Sleeveless cocktail dress constructed of corduroy with attached leather shoulder
4. Sleeveless evening gown with architectural hip detailing and self train,
constructed of bleached and hand-painted denim with leather embellishment.
5. Sleeveless, high-waisted evening gown with draped skirt and self train,
constructed of dyed and digitally printed draped jersey, worn with matching vest
with leather embellishment.
Founded in 1887, Pratt offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, art and
design, information and library science, and the liberal arts. Pratt's locations—in
Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill and Manhattan’s West 14th Street neighborhoods—provide
students with learning and working environments that extend its campus to global,
multicultural epicenters of arts, culture, design, and business.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, 23-year-old MaRu Jung graduated from Pratt this year
with a BFA in Fashion Design and the goal of winning a job as an assistant designer of
women’s sportswear—with an eye toward eventually launching her own label. In this
collection, she adds volume to printed artworks that she considers “too beautiful to stay
in two dimensions, so I wanted to reveal them in a three-dimensional way . . . interrupting
their organized and planned layout with irregular and unexpected parts.” At Pratt, her
faculty mentor for the Supima Design Competition was Karin Yngvesdotter.
A native of Long Valley, New Jersey, 23-year-old Dara N. Rosen aims for a career in
eveningwear and, in particular, the bridal market “where I have the privilege of creating
‘the dress’.” Earlier this year, she graduated from Pratt with a BFA in Fashion Design
and honors including the school’s Outstanding Achievement, Excellence in Academic
Achievement, and Pratt Circle awards, after making the President’s List all eight
semesters. Other wins include high placements in last year’s Ralph Pucci Paper Garment
Design Competition and Goldsmith Evening Wear Competition. “I merge classic
elements with unconventional inspirations and innovative detailing,” she says of this
collection. At Pratt, her faculty mentor for the Supima Design Competition was Karin
Rhode Island School of Design
Founded in 1877 with an active alumni base of 26,000 and its own Museum of Art, RISD
currently offers bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors.
Renowned for its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning, the liberal arts
requirements that complement its studio instruction, and a prestigious faculty, the college
champions the role of artists and designers in the global demand for innovation.
Born in Canberra, 23-year-old Rachel Pullman moved to England and back to Australia
before settling in the U.S. At age 12, she enrolled in sewing classes and embarked on the
career that led her to RISD, where she graduated with a BFA this year, and won both the
Joseph Piselli Memorial and Joseph Chaus Scholarships. Specializing in women’s
eveningwear with couture detailing, Pullman says that in this collection: “I want to play
upon the strength of Supima Cotton while adding textures to the already soft, luxurious
hand . . . the pieces in this collection are about drape and form.” At RISD, her faculty
mentor for the Supima Design Competition was Meg DeCubellis.
A native of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 22-year-old Connie Weng graduated from
RISD earlier this year with a BFA in Apparel Design and aspirations to launch a career in
sportswear. To date, her honors have included being named last year’s YMA Fashion
Fund Scholar and her four years as recipient of the Sanofi-Aventis Scholarship. In this
collection, “I have been working with digital prints and have used a riot of colors that I
probably would have been hesitant to use in my sportswear. It has been pushing me out
of my comfort zone.” At RISD, her faculty mentor for the Supima Design Competition
was Meg DeCubellis.
Savannah College of Art and Design
From its original center in Savannah, Georgia—as well as campuses in Atlanta, Hong
Kong, the south of France, and its online eLearning program—SCAD offers degrees in
more than 40 majors and over 50 minors. Currently, its student body hails from all 50
states and nearly 100 countries, and its faculty consists of more than 700 professors who
combine academic credentials with invaluable professional experience.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, 23-year-old Lorena Cuevas Restrepo received her first
formal training in fashion when she attended Central St. Martin’s as a teenager. Since
then, she has won a mentorship from designer Rachel Roy, showcased her work at Saks
Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, and been featured in a photo shoot for Jezebel magazine. The
recent BFA graduate describes her aesthetic as “minimalist with organic, feminine
shapes,” and says that, in this collection, her palette “intimates the idea of speed as
fashion’s future races toward reduction.” At SCAD, her faculty mentor for the Supima
Design Competition was Jason Bunin.
Gainesville, Georgia native Marlow A. Larson, 22, has been “drawing women ever since
I could hold a pencil” and had decided on a design career by the third grade. At SCAD,
where he graduated earlier this year with a BFA in Fashion Design, he won a YMA
Scholarship and was also a finalist in competitions including Elle magazine’s
Fashion/Next, the Cotton Inc. Scholarship, and the YMA Geoffrey Beene Scholarship.
He calls this collection “a cohesive evening wardrobe: one that could be mixed and
matched and restyled” and says “I was initially inspired by all things Art Deco.” At
SCAD, his faculty mentor for the Supima Design Competition was Sachi Honda.
Fashion Institute of Technology
Located in the heart of New York’s Garment District, this State University of New York
(SUNY) college was founded in 1944 and currently offers 46 majors leading to AAS,
BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees. In its renowned Fashion Design baccalaureate,
students may opt for advanced instruction in specializations including sportswear,
knitwear, children’s wear, intimate apparel, or special occasion.
Evansville, Indiana native Amy Lynn Bittner started sewing at age 10 and spent her
teenage years doing costume design. At FIT, where she graduated this year with a BFA in
Fashion Design, the 23-year-old studied corsetry and haute couture techniques, and spent
a year abroad at Polimoda, in Florence. A specialist in Intimate Apparel, whose multiple
design honors range from Videofashion Daily’s “Best in Boudoir” Award to first place in
Lululemon’s Urban Yogini Competition, Bittner says her designs exhibit “love of hand
embellishments and attention to detail.” At FIT, her faculty mentors for the Supima
Design Competition were Lisa Donofrio and Reuben Cruz.
A native of Busan, South Korea, Jusil Carroll, 34, came to fashion after a career in
illustration and graduated from FIT earlier this year with a BFA in Fashion Design. A
recipient of last year’s $25,000 CFDA Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship, she also won a
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and placed first in the 2011 AFT
International Fashion Sketch Contest. For this collection, she says, “I was inspired by
‘The Blair Witch Project’ . . . I love the idea that each person interprets the witch
differently and all they are left with is a sense of mystery and thrill.” At FIT, her faculty
mentor for the Supima Design Competition was Lisa Donofrio.
— ADVISORY COMMITTEE —
TERI AGINS, ALLISON ASTON, CLAUDIO DEL VECCHIO, ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED,
SERGIO GUADARRAMA, BETSY HILFIGER, GENEVIEVE JONES, EDWARD JOWDY, SAMUEL
KU, NANETTE LEPORE, MARYLOU LUTHER, CHRISTINA NEAULT, SHIN ODAKE, MARCIA
PATMOS, PAN PHILIPPOU, CYNTHIA ROWLEY, JONATHAN SAVEN, SUSAN SHIN, ISABEL AND
RUBEN TOLEDO, ANNABEL TOLLMAN, TIMO WEILAND, ARDEN WOHL
— FABRIC MILLS —
ALBINI GROUP, CARLO BONOMI, FESSLER USA, KURABO
— GIFT BAG —
BEN SHERMAN, BLOOMINGDALE’S, BROOKS BROTHERS, L’OREAL
PROFESSIONAL, THE ADLER COLLECTION, THE NEW YORK TIMES, UNITED
PRODUCER AO PRODUCTION
TECHNICAL PRODUCTION SBI
MUSIC JAVIER PERAL
CASTING JON JAMES
HAIR RON KING, OWNER OF SALON AND
MAKE UP LYNE DESNOYERS FOR
MANICURE PATTIE YANKEE FOR