Supima Design Competition 2016 - Runway“My inspiration came from cold hives: an allergy to coldness and wind that I suffered when I was 11 years old. My collection of evening wear illustrates the experience, desire and adaptation during those two years,” said Jacqueline Zeyi Chen of Parsons School of Design as she described her collection for the Supima Design Competition.

A collective runway showing of participating designers from the nation’s top design schools, the ninth annual Supima Design Competition Runway Show was held on September 8, 2016 at the Skylight Clarkson Sq during the first day of New York Fashion Week.

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, Jeffrey Taylor from Savannah College of Art and Design – 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.

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.

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