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Supima Reveals Design Competition Finalists and Show Details

Supima has announced the finalists for this year’s Design Competition, where students from top design universities across the country showcase eveningwear capsule collections created with Supima cotton fabrics.

The runway show, which takes place Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week, provides students with visibility and a chance at a financial prize of $10,000. This year’s finalists are Cat Pfingst from Philadelphia’s Drexel University, Jiarui Cai of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Yitao Li from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Alana Tolliver of Ohio’s Kent State University, Yuki Xu from the Rhode Island School of Design and Bora Kim of the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Supima announced the finalists for its Design Competition, where students showcase eveningwear collections created with Supima cotton.
A sketch from Alana Tolliver of Kent State University. Courtesy

Returning for a second year as host is stylist and image architect Law Roach, who will emcee the live fashion show. Once again, CFDA Award winning eveningwear design Bibhu Mohapatra will return for his seventh year as mentor to the finalists, providing insight, support and advice to each contestant.

The emerging designers were tasked with creating their interpretation of looks from day to evening using Supima cotton. All six students will have the opportunity to show their designs during the runway presentation at 608 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Supima announced the finalists for its Design Competition, where students showcase eveningwear collections created with Supima cotton.
A sketch from Bora Kim of the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Courtesy

“Given some of the challenges we are still facing, we are so proud of this year’s group of finalists,” Buxton Midyette, vice president of marketing and promotions for Supima, said. “They are all extremely talented and have been able to embrace the true meaning of the Supima Design Competition with their creativity and innovation. After last year’s shift to a completely virtual format, we are thrilled to announce that we will be showing live once again.”

Supima is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of American-grown Pima cotton around the world. Founded in 1954, the Supima brand, short for “Superior Pima,” designates an elite variety of Pima cotton sustainably grown only in the West and the Southwest U.S.