It turns out that come fashion week, the industry’s most established designers aren’t the only ones showing off their newest collections. On September 5th, eight recent college grads from the best design schools in America will debut their work, too. The young designers will show their work at the live runway finale of the Sixth Annual Supima Design Competition, hosted by Rachel Zoe. The event will take place at 1PM in The Studio at Lincoln Center. A $10,000 check from Supima – the promotional organization of the American Pima cotton growers – will be awarded to the first place winner in the hopes that he or she will use it to start his or her fashion career.
The finalists, who hail from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Ohio’s Kent State University, the Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design, will each present a collection of women’s eveningwear made solely from Supima cotton fabrics. And judging by the sketches pictured above, these designers are the real deal. “It is such a great opportunity for us to support the talent that represents the future of the industry,” said Buxton Midyette, VP of marketing and promotions at Supima. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re banking on seeing one of these young designer’s names in next year’s Fashion Week roster.