In 2008, Supima, the marketing brand for American-grown Pima cotton, began a competition featuring graduating seniors from select universities. This competition is now a much anticipated design show, introducing the next generation of designers and has evolved into an international showcase of their work. This year, 24 Seven partnered with Supima and this incredible design competition, as we root on the finalists, and assist them in marketing their portfolio and talents to our clients.
Meet the finalists
Each of the top U.S. design schools select one graduating senior to represent them. Finalists have come from universities including Academy of Arts University, FIDM, FIT, Kent State University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt BF+DA, Rhode Island School of Design, and Savannah College of Art and Design, and they work with mentors provided by the universities. Finalists work with mentors provided by the universities, as well as , Bibhu Mohapatra, a CFDA Award-winning designer, who has participated as a mentor for the past 3 competitions. Mentors allow students to learn about various elements on the runway, what will resonate with the judges, and valuable information to set them up for a successful design career.
What is required
The panel of judges consist of expert professionals from the fashion and media world and collectively select the winner. Judges are announced prior to the show, but previous panels included judges from W Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Daily Front Row, Allure, and notable designers. Judges for the 2018 competition will be announced prior to the show. Participants are judged on their presentation of the five looks they created for each type of Supima fabric: shirting, knit, velveteen, twill and denim. Finalists must design one evening wear look for each fabric, creating a five-look capsule collection, preparing them to launch their career as Designers, and allow them to get hands on experience to combine with their portfolios.
Want access to these top designers
With nearly 20 years of experience working with fashion houses internationally, our team knows top talent and was extremely impressed with the portfolios of seven finalists. We are pleased and honored to present the exceptional individuals to our client partners, helping to launch their promising careers in exciting roles across North American and Europe. Interested in seeing this top fashion talent? Click here to see their final designs in this feature by InStyle, and sign up for our trending top talent email here and view current top talent available now!