Supima Competition #NYFW Spring 2017: Jeffrey Taylor, Savannah College of Art and Design

Supima Design Competition 2016 - RunwayHeld on September 8, 2016 at the Skylight Clarkson Sq during the first day of New York Fashion Week, the ninth annual Supima Design Competition Runway Show crowned Jeffrey Taylor from Savannah College of Art and Design as the winner.
He competed against with recent graduates from the nation’s top leading design schools: Duston Jasso from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Jiyeon Lee from Fashion Institute of Technology, Kara Michelle Kroeger from Kent State University, Jacqueline Zeyi Chen from Parsons School of Design, Jacob Blau from Rhode Island School of Design.

A collective runway showing of participating designers from the nation’s top design schools presented capsule collections of women’s eveningwear made exclusively with donated Supima cotton fabrics from the organization’s partners including AG Jeans, Brooks Brothers and Uniqlo.

The winner, Jeffrey Taylor, was selected by the below panel of judges, and will receive a $10,000 check from Supima to kick-start his design career. Additionally, Jeffrey will present his collection during Paris Fashion Week on Sept. 29.

Describing his entry, Taylor said, “This is a lush eveningwear collection that reflects the Tibetan culture and tells the story of Tibetan women and their coming of age with a passionate color palette, sensual floral prints and bold lines.”

Judges included: Alicia Quarles, Ann Caruso, Avril Graham, Cameron Silver, Carmen Lilly, Federica Marchionni, Julia Loomis, Katharine Zarrella, Kyle Anderson, Lilliana Vazquez, Malina Gilchrist, Mary Alice Stephenson, Moti Ankari

Fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra served as mentor to the six finalists, providing invaluable feedback and insight throughout the process.

Started 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. Since its start, former Supima Design Competition winners have gone on to launch their own labels, show at New York Fashion Week, and secure jobs with top international labels including Michael Kors, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren and Phillip Lim.

Photos by Getty Images, courtesy of Supima

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