Supima Design Competition, NYFW, Spring 2020

As a student at Parsons School of Design, I am constantly amazed by the incredible minds
of my peers and their beautiful creations. Supima’s Annual Design Competition collection
only bolstered my amazement and pride for my fellow fashion students. I was also
overjoyed by the sense of community I felt at the show, as other students and even
professors came out to show support for the eight finalists. Each finalist was given Supima
fabrics to create their own womenswear collection, each about four or five looks, to be
showcased at Pier 59 Studios at the beginning of NYFW. I was pleasantly surprised that
each finalist seemed to shy away from current fashion trends and instead looked toward
personal inspirations for their collections. These inspirations included their family
members, specific memories that have made them the designer they are today, and even
issues that they are passionate about, such as sustainability. In fact, this year’s winner,
Gina Guo, presented a stunning collection with beautifully executed pieces inspired by her
passion to make fashion more sustainable. Each designer did an incredible job transforming
the fabrics and bringing their designs to life, often with bold colors. This competition is
meant to provide hope for the future of fashion, and its designers certainly did not
disappoint. This year’s finalists included Andrew Kwon from Parsons, Gina Guo from
Drexel, Yoo Hyeon Kim from SCAD, Linh La from Academy of Art, Shuxian Kong from Kent
State, Isabel Hajan from RISD, Illene Martoseno from FIDM, and Ishwari Vijh from FIT.
Remember their names.
Contributing Fashion Editor, Juliana Bakumenko, PhotoBook Magazine

Spring 2020 RTW By Juliana Bakumenko

Spring 2020 RTW By Juliana Bakumenko