COTTON USA and Supima Showcase U.S. Cotton Fashions in Paris
COTTON USA and Supima showcased U.S. cotton eveningwear gowns from emerging American designers during a prestigious fashion show at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Paris.
At the invitation of U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, Jane D. Hartley, COTTON USA and Supima hosted a fashion show and exhibition for distinguished guests with a spotlight on the collection of the Supima Design Competition's winner Kate McKenna-Schliep from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The exhibition also featured the collections of the competition’s other six finalists.
“The exhibition in Paris allowed new designers to showcase their talent and how they brought the vision for their collections to life through U.S. cotton fabric, while promoting the benefits of using premium U.S. cotton within the fashion industry,” COTTON USA International Marketing Manager Stephanie Thiers-Ratcliffe said. “The collections really highlighted the versatility of U.S. cotton in fashion.”
Each finalist created a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium U.S. Pima cotton denims, knits, corduroys, twills and shirting.
“This event was a real opportunity to feature and elevate not only American grown cotton, but also the incredible talent and creativity in fashion design that is being nurtured in the United States,” Supima Executive Vice President Marc Lewkowitz said.
A panel of guest judges comprised of industry professionals selected McKenna-Schliep as the winner of the Supima Design Competition on Sept. 10, 2015, following a fashion show at New York Fashion Week. Seven finalists from America’s top design schools (AAU, FIDM, FIT, Kent State, Pratt BF+DA, RISD, SCAD) participated in the competition.
COTTON USA also has a history of supporting up-and-coming fashion designers through its London Fashion Week sponsorship, including past sponsorship of Faustine Steinmetz, Lucas Nascimento, Preen, Richard Nicoll, Meadham Kirchhoff, PPQ, Louise Gray and palmer//harding. This sponsorship communicates U.S. cotton's quality, versatility and high fashion credentials to consumers.