MBNYFW – Supima design contest
Founded in 1954, the Supima brand designates an elite variety of pima cotton grown only in California and the Southwestern U.S. Begun in 2008, the annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent and was modeled on the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of the then-teenaged Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.
For this fourth Supima Design Competition, four of America’s top design schools were asked to select two finalists from among their graduating seniors. Each finalist was asked to create a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting.
Kate Wilkoff, who graduated in May from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design and received a $10,000 prize to use toward her career, wants to start her own eveningwear firm and was inspired by architecture that is affected by natural deconstruction processes, such as rust and decay in her designs. Her five-piece collection featured layered cocktail dresses, and evening gowns ranging from sleeveless and strapless styles to cap-sleeve and three-quarter-sleeve numbers.