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Supima announces Emerging Designer Finalists  for 13th Annual Design Competition

Students from the Nation’s Top Design Schools to Participate in a Virtual Supima Design Competition Timed with New York Fashion Week

SUPIMA, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. grown American Pima cotton around the world, announces the final line-up of designers for its 13th Annual Supima Cotton Design Competition, which will be hosted this year for the first time in a dynamic digital format.

The virtual presentation, which will be simulcast on Instagram Live leveraging a mix of pre- recorded and live video content, will take place in September to align with New York Fashion Week.

“We’re truly just honored to continue working with our design school partners to give this talented group of their recent graduates the resources they need to create their collections. This year’s design school graduates across the country have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to find jobs or platforms to share their designs. We knew it was more important than ever to stay nimble and shift this competition into a virtual format that would help these recent graduates with their first step into the fashion industry post- graduation,” said Buxton Midyette, VP Marketing & Promotions at Supima.

The SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION supports emerging talent by enlisting student designers from the nation’s top fashion schools to create capsule collections using Supima cotton fabrics.

The collections are then presented in a collective digital runway show and evaluated by a panel of judges.

The winner of the competition will receive $10,000 cash prize and industry recognition.

CFDA award winning evening wear designer Bibhu Mohapatra will be returning for the sixth time as mentor to the finalists, providing thoughtful feedback and insight throughout the design process.

The six designers selected for this year’s competition who will present their collections in the digital showcase are:

Amanda Forastieri, Drexel University

Sakura Mizutani, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Jenny Feng, Fashion Institute of Technology

Jennie Nguyen, Kent State University

Terrence Zhou, Parsons School of Design

Kyra Buenviaje, Rhode Island School of Design

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