Supima and stylist Law Roach on Thursday revealed Yuki Xu, alumni of Rhode Island School of Design, as this year’s Supima Design Competition winner.
Xu and five finalists — Cat Pfingst of Drexel University; Jiarui (Ruby) Cai of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Yitao Li of Fashion Institute of Technology; Alana Tolliver from Kent State University, and Bora Kim from School of Art Institute of Chicago — showcased eveningwear crafted entirely with Supima cotton fabrics for an opportunity to win $10,000. Five looks were created using Supima fabric by the designers, including shirting and denim, as well as jersey and velveteen.
Designers were mentored and supported by CFDA Award-winning eveningwear designers designerBibhu and the collections were evaluated and rated by a panel of judges, which included Roach as well as Fern Mallis, Edward Barsamian and Luke Meagher.
This year marks the event’s return to a physical presentation as last year’s competition was hosted via Instagram Live and was also hosted by Roach. Amanda Forastieri, a Drexel University student, was the previous winner and received a $10,000 prize.
“Given some of the challenges we are still facing, we are so proud of this year’s group of finalists,” said Buxton Midyette, vice president of marketing and promotions for Supima, in revealing this year’s competition in August. “They are all extremely talented and have been able to embrace the true meaning of the SDC with their creativity and innovation.”