The Supima Design Competition Fashion Show Live from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

About The Show

Supima is America’s luxury cotton: founded in 1954, the Supima brand designates an elite variety of pima cotton grown only in California and the Southwestern U.S. and prized the world over by designers and retailers who value its luster, strength, and superior softness. Begun 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. For this fourth Supima Design Competition, four of America’s top design schools were asked to select two finalists from among their graduating seniors. Each finalist was asked to create a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting. This year’s eight finalists: Amy Bittner and Jusil Carroll from the Fashion Institute of Technology; MaRu Jung and Dara Rosen from Pratt Institute; Rachel Pullman and Connie Weng from the Rhode Island School of Design; and Lorena Cuevas and Marlow Larson from the Savannah College of Art and Design. A prestigious panel of judges will be on hand to decide the winner: Gilt Groupe founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, model and entrepreneur Coco Rocha, Bloomingdale’s Vice President Kevin Harter, and designers Nicole Miller and Charlotte Ronson. The winner will be announced at the completion of the show and receive an award of $10,000.




MARU JUNG

  • Strapless cocktail dress of bleached, dyed, painted, and stamped denim embellished with painted lace and beading.
  • Sleeveless cocktail dress of dyed, painted, and stamped shirting embellished with painted lace, beading, and sequins.
  • Sleeveless cocktail dress of dyed and stamped twill embellished with painted lace and beading.
  • Sleeveless cocktail dress of dyed and stamped jersey embellished with beads and sequins.
  • Cocktail dress with elbow-length sleeves, constructed of bleached, dyed, and painted corduroy embellished with sequins and beads.

DARA ROSEN

  • Single-shoulder cocktail dress in dyed twill with bodice detail constructed of hand-dyed, hand-applied cotton rope.
  • Cocktail dress of dyed shirting with contrasting inset pleats constructed by layering dyed, raw-edged shirting.
  • Denim dress with pin-tucked bodice and cotton rope embellishment.
  • Evening gown with skirt and self train showing contrast lining, constructed of dyed jersey.
  • Evening dress constructed of bias-cut corduroy with hand-pleating details and cotton rope embellishment.

RACHEL PULLMAN

  • Sleeveless, full-skirted cocktail dress of dyed corduroy with self-belt and foil embellishment at hemline.
  • Cocktail sheath of dyed twill with hand-pleated balloon hem.
  • Sleeveless mini worn with overdress forming self train, both constructed of dyed shirting treated with gold paint.
  • Evening dress of dyed denim with short-in-front, long-in-back full skirt and gold foil embellishment.
  • Sleeveless evening dress with plunging neckline, constructed of dyed jersey with black foil embellishment.

CONNIE WENG

  • Cocktail dress of dyed stretch corduroy.
  • One-shoulder, draped, belted cocktail dress with asymmetric hem, constructed of denim.
  • Draped jersey evening gown constructed of engineer-printed jersey.
  • Draped evening gown constructed of engineer-printed shirting, with leather halter.
  • Layered, strapless gown constructed of dyed and engineer-printed twill.

MARLOW LARSON

  • Long-sleeved evening ensemble constructed of tea-dyed jersey with silk charmeuse bias binding.
  • Evening ensemble constructed of tea-dyed and ink-painted twill.
  • Jacket of ink-painted denim with crystal details, with matching full-length skirt trimmed with bias ruffles, also constructed of ink-painted denim.
  • Bracelet-sleeved evening dress with elongated side and back godets, constructed of ink-painted and tea-dyed shirting.
  • Strapless evening dress with elongated back godet, constructed of corduroy.

LORENA CUEVAS

  • Extended-collar, open-sided evening gown constructed of dyed twill with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
  • Long-sleeved evening gown with back slits, constructed of dyed jersey with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
  • Wing-shoulder, open-back, sleeveless evening gown constructed of dyed shirting with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
  • One-shoulder evening gown with diagonal standing collar, constructed of dyed denim with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.
  • Evening gown with extended-shoulder detail and removable top skirt, constructed of corduroy with hand-painted and embroidered embellishment.

AMY BITTNER

  • Strapless cocktail dress in olive twill with gold lace accents, worn with boned corset and cape-shoulder shrug constructed from self-fabric cording.
  • Mermaid gown in black corduroy with lace accents, worn with cage peplum constructed from self-fabric cording.
  • Sleeveless gown in olive jersey with self sash and bodice of nude mesh trimmed in self-fabric jersey cording.
  • Strapless mini dress of olive denim with contrasting, skirted over-corset, accessorized by a neckpiece constructed from self-fabric cording.
  • Sleeveless gown in violet shirting worn with cage corset constructed from self-fabric cording.

JUSIL CARROLL

  • Sleeveless cocktail dress with draped skirt, constructed of dyed twill with leather shoulder harness.
  • Sleeveless, high-waisted evening gown with layered skirt and self train, constructed of dyed and digitally printed shirting, worn with a matching digitally printed vest with leather embellishment.
  • Sleeveless cocktail dress constructed of corduroy with attached leather shoulder cape.
  • Sleeveless evening gown with architectural hip detailing and self train, constructed of bleached and hand-painted denim with leather embellishment.
  • Sleeveless, high-waisted evening gown with draped skirt and self train, constructed of dyed and digitally printed draped jersey, worn with matching vest with leather embellishment.