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AATCC reveals winners of C2C Student Design Competition

Posted May 12, 2021

 

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AATCC announced the winners of the 2021 AATCC Concept 2 Consumers® Student Design Competition.

 

AATCC received 41 entries, with 57 students participating from 20 colleges and universities. This year’s theme, Fashion Evolution, showcased AATCC’s Centennial – the association’s 100th Birthday! The theme for AATCC’s Centennial celebrations is “Celebrating a Century – Focused on the Future!”

 

Fashion Evolution mirrored that theme. From the 1920s, when AATCC was founded, to the present day, students were asked to choose a decade from the last 100 years and reinvent the fashions for the 2020 decade, focusing on one or more of the following:

 

  • fit/sizing for various body types

  • sustainable fashion

  • personal protection

  • new textile materials/technology

 

First place


Movement by Doran Kim, University of Texas, Austin

This student was awarded:

 

  • $1,000 from AATCC

  • Pantone Cotton Passport and COY mug

  • $300 Spoonflower Gift Certificate and Spoonflower DIY Book Bundle

  • $200 Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems gift certificate to obtain prepared for dyeing (PFD) fabric

  • Datacolor ColorReaderPRO

  • One-year free AATCC Student Membership

 

Kim is a Textiles and Apparel Major & Entrepreneurship Minor at the University of Texas, Austin.

 

“From this competition, I learned how fashion trends evolve and return to popularity,” she said. “It was an educational moment for me as a designer to create a collection that brings nostalgia from past fashion trends in a way that the current market desires.

 

“I have seen many fashion brands that only focus on one part of the sustainable production process,” she continued. “In the future, I want to create clothing that is truly sustainable in every step from sourcing to the after-use stage. I want to prove with my designs that we do not have to exploit natural resources, abuse animals, or neglect human rights just to look good. Contributing to better fashion practice is the future I dream.”

 

Second place


Caminates by Carla Pierini, Drexel University

 

This student was awarded:

 

  • $750 from AATCC

  • Pantone Cotton Passport and COY mug

  • $150 Spoonflower Gift Certificate and Spoonflower DIY Book Bundle

  • $100 Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems gift certificate to obtain prepared for dyeing (PFD) fabric

  • Datacolor ColorReaderPRO

  • One-year free AATCC Student Membership

 

Pierini is a sophomore majoring in Fashion Design at Drexel University.

 

“From this competition I learned that no matter how abstract ideas can look, you can achieve the unimaginable with dedication, passion, and people that support and believe in your potential,” she said. “For my future, I want to focus on finding the perfect balance in my career, working on sustainable, innovative, and impactful projects that will bring a positive change in the fashion industry and society.”

 

Third place

 

Moonchild by Ingrid Yeung, University of California, Davis

 

This student was awarded:

 

  • $200 from AATCC

  • $75 Spoonflower Gift Certificate and Spoonflower DIY Book Bundle

  • $50 Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems gift certificate to obtain prepared for dyeing (PFD) fabric

  • Datacolor ColorReaderPRO.

  • One-year free AATCC Student Membership

 

Yeung is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Design and B.S. in Managerial Economics.

 

“Throughout this process, I learned the complexities of functional apparel design, and I was able to challenge myself to discover new forms of innovation and creativity within fashion,” she said. “In the future, I aim to design within a space that merges functionality and aesthetic/beauty while also producing work with impact that can outlast the prevailing life cycle of rapid consumption.”

 

Developers, judges and sponsors

 

AATCC would like to extend appreciation to the following developers, judges, and sponsors. Without their expertise and assistance, the competition would not have been possible.

 

Developers

 

  • Sandra Johnson, senior account manager at Color Solutions International

  • Nora Khanna, product development manager at Pantone

  • Kerry King, vice president, R&D at Spoonflower Inc.

  • Muditha Senanayake, professor at Cal Poly Pomona

  • Alyssa McNamara, project manager at Spoonflower Inc.

 

Judges

  • Lisa Beck, product manager at Datacolor

  • Emily Coleman, designer and merchandise manager at Jefferies Socks

  • Hunter Ellis, president at Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems

  • Yvonne Johnson, senior director: Product Development at Cotton Incorporated

  • Lauren Koury, e-commerce specialist at Carolina Hosiery Mills

  • Alyssa McNamara, project manager at Spoonflower Inc.

  • Kristie Rhodes, manager, Product Development at Cotton Incorporated

  • Carrie Yates, associate director, Knit Product Development at Cotton Incorporated

 

Source: AATCC

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