A little over a week and a half ago, Supreme Novelty Fabrics hosted its FIRST student design competition and runway show! We had been preparing for this event since June: spreading the word among student designers, finding the judges, and planning the actual show. It has been a lot of work, but it was a blast and the results were more than we could have ever hoped for!
The competition showcased 18 students from 5 of the local fashion schools: Dominican University, Harper College, Columbia College Chicago, IADT, and College of Dupage. The students were required to use 1 yard of an eggplant pleated chiffon fabric which was provided for them upon registration. We were amazed at the creativity the students brought to the competition. We had designs that were hand dyed, hand felted, or painted to create a unique one-of-a-kind pattern.
The show was held on our massive runway/cutting table before an audience of 135 people. It was a great honor to have an amazing judges panel scoring the designs: Lara Miller, local eco-friendly knitwear designer;Barbara Glass, fashion editor and wardrobe consultant and newly appointed fashion reporter on “Good Day Chicago”; Nora Del Busto, local separates designer and Chicago Fashion Incubator alum; and Hector-Javier from Monarrez Collection, your one stop shop for all special occasion needs!
The winners received gift certificates for Supreme Novelty Fabrics, and the first place winner also received a photo shoot with Dean Paul who photographed the event. And now for the winners…..
Amela Bego is a Sophmore at Harper College. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Amela likes her designs to have a touch of home. As a little girl, she was taught to crochet by her grandma and incorporates crochet into many of her garments. It can be quite a challenge to incorporate crochet and fabric into the same garment, but Amela likes a good challenge. She feels that crochet makes the garment more exquisite and eye-catching. Amela strives to create unique pieces that stand out from the crowd. As you can see above, she created quite a piece! The crochet detailing was just beautiful!
Samantha studies fashion design at Harper College. She is a California native but, aims to win the competition over with her romantic style and eye for detail. She bases her esthetics on standing out from the normal everyday look but keeping classy and emphasizing the female forms curves. She is using all the fabric provided, highlighting the pleats, creating a sexy grunge dress design with a vest for the competition. She is inspired by high fashion and ready-to-wear designers like Valentino and Marc Jacobs. She is excited to show her work to Chicago.
Sandra Yau is going into her Junior year at Columbia College. For this competition, she created a flowy evening dress with a beautiful train. She won the judges over with the grace of the dress, and the amazing drape! We could not have a more gracious winner and we look forward to seeing more looks from her!
The competition was such a great success that we have decided to host a Fall competition as well! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in details!
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