Fashion Design ’20 Alumni Wins 2020 Supima Design Competition
September 11, 2020
Drexel University Fashion Design ’20 alumni Amanda Forastieri won the 2020 Supima Design Competition with her collection Utopia presented during the 13th annual runway show on September 10, 2020. Forastieri, along with recent graduates from the nation’s leading design schools, including Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Fashion Institute of Technology, Kent State University, Parsons School of Design, and Rhode Island School of Design, debuted their collections during the first ever completely dynamic digital Supima Design Competition. The event was open to all and broadcasted on Instagram Live with host and renowned celebrity image architect, Law Roach.
The collective runway show featured women’s evening wear that was made exclusively with donated Supima cotton fabrics and designed by emerging talent from the nation’s top design schools. The winner, selected by a panel of esteemed industry judges, received a $10,000 prize from Supima to kick-start their design career.
Forastieri’s vibrant, bold, and colorful collection titled Utopia aims to portray the hopeful story of a near future post-COVID in which humans unite to build a new system, one that stems with love and respect for the planet and, most importantly, each other. To see Forastieri’s full collection on the runway, watch the 13th annual runway show.
Started 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. Since its start, former SupimaDesign Competition winners have gone on to launch their own labels, show at New York Fashion Week, and secure jobs with top international labels including Michael Kors, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren and Phillip Lim.