DEBUT Grad is Finalist in Supima Design Competition
Sakura Mizutani, a recent graduate of FIDM’s Advanced Fashion Design program, is one of six national finalists who will compete in the 13th Annual Supima Cotton Design Competition. Featuring designers from the top fashion schools in the U.S., the competition tasks finalists with creating capsule collections using Supima cotton fabrics. Fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra will return for the sixth time to serve as a mentor to the designers.
Due to COVID, the Supima Cotton Design Competition will take place digitally rather than as part of New York Fashion Week. The show will be simulcast on Instagram Live using a mix of pre-recorded and live videos, and will air in September timed with New York Fashion Week. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and Supima still plans to present a piece from each of the finalists’ collection during Paris Fashion Week as part of the Supima Design Lab, also in a digital format.
Earlier this year, Sakura told us her “Out of the Box” collection is inspired by boxes and menswear. “I imagined that the brain and a box are the same shape, but even though they look the same, they are different from the inside,” she said. “Each person has a different way of thinking and feeling, everyone has the same shaped box, but inside of our box we store different experiences, save different memories, and we build our confidence and personality.”