The 13th annual Supima Design Competition kicked off on September 10th in an unfamiliar format, hosted by Image Architect Law Roach. Generally, we attend the competition in-person every year, however, due to the current pandemic, it was streamed live on Instagram.
The design competition gives a platform to aspiring designers from different schools around the country with the hopes of winning the grand prize of $10,000. Each designer presents a capsule collection using Supima cotton fabrics, equipped with a mentor – this year it was award winning designer Bibhu Mohapatra. Each designer had a unique aesthetic that they all brought to the table. The six finalist this year were Sakura Mizutani (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising), Jenny Feng (Fashion Institute of Technology), Jennie Nguyen (Kent State University), Terrence Zhou (Parsons School of Design), and Kyra Buenviaje (Rhode Island School of Design), and Amanda Forastieri (Drexel University).
Although, each designer had magnificent collections, it was Amanda Forastieri of Drexel University that was crowned the winner, with her inspiration of areas around her- referencing Puerto Rico. The fact that Supima fabrics are so adaptable to being dyed truly worked in Forastieri’s favor – her collection was extremely colorful and vibrate!