AATCC announces winners of C2C Student Design Competition

Lauren Bouvier

Posted May 28, 2020

 

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AATCC has announced the winners of the 2020 AATCC Concept 2 Consumers® Student Design Competition.

 

AATCC received 29 entries, with 43 students participating from 16 colleges and universities. This year’s competition, under the theme “Everlasting Style,” challenged students to design an apparel line (three to five designs) for office/work attire that was timeless in terms of sustainability, quality and style. Again this year, students were asked to access educational resources, so they could highlight at least one AATCC test method and why it was important to their product line. See the full guidelines for the contest online.

 

The winners

 

1st Place: Nouvelle Femme by Lauren Bouvier, University of Arkansas

 

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

  • 1-year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, including Adobe Photoshop CC

  • One-year free AATCC Student Membership

 

Bouvier is a senior majoring in apparel merchandising & product development from the University of Arkansas.

 

“This competition was an opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario,” Bouvier said. “It challenged me to create clothing designs that serve and empower young professional women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future I hope to work in fashion merchandising then pursue higher education and teach at the university level. I have had so many inspiring teachers and I hope to empower the next generation in the same way. This competition has shown me the importance of identifying an area of need when developing something new then finding a solution for that need. I hope to continue to solve problems and serve people in my future work.”

Second place: WEco by Izzy Volpe, 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

  • 1-year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, including Adobe Photoshop CC

  • One-year free AATCC Student Membership

 

Volpe is a sophomore in fashion design at Drexel University, who plans to graduate in 2022.

 

“From this competition, I learned that there are many complex steps apparel designers must take in order to make their garments functional for realistic purposes,” Volpe said. “There is a lot of trial and error, and much testing goes into every piece of clothing that we wear. This was able to make me realize that I should design with ‘life’ in mind as time moves forward … if my pieces are to have a greater longevity, I must pay attention to the scientific side to the artistic process.”

 

Volpe hopes to design for a creative brand that focuses on making highly captivating garments while maintaining ecologically friendly philosophies.

 

“Success for me will mean that I am able to freely design imaginative pieces that are functional and comfortable for people who want to express themselves through art, freely,” she said. This competition was able to widen my knowledge on how timeless designs are achieved, as well as how green design is possible in the testing phase of creation.” 

 

Honorable mentions

 

Belle Fleur by Annabelle McLeod, Auburn University

 

Urban Nest by senior group Francesca Burks, Michelle Cruz, Xiaoyi (Nicole) Liu, and Jessica DeGard; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

 

These students were awarded (group winners split the prize package):

 

  • $100 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

  • 1-year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, including Adobe Photoshop CC

  • One-year free AATCC Student Membership

 

McLeod is a junior majoring in apparel design and production management at Auburn University.

 

“This competition challenged me to think about the importance of sustainability in fashion,” said Mcleod. “I learned that one of the most important aspects to sustainable fashion is the longevity of the garment, which means appropriate design, test methods and textiles must be selected in order to create something that will stand the test of time.”

 

McLeod hopes her future career will be designing for a high-end fashion brand in a big city, such as New York.

 

“One of the biggest things I learned from this competition is perseverance,” Mcleod said. “I doubted myself many times throughout the process of creating this line and spent a lot of time going back to the drawing board. Halfway through starting this project, a global pandemic took over the world and my normal school and work environment was flipped upside down. This competition provided a means of distraction and focus during a time of unknown, which I am extremely thankful for. Overall this competition taught me a lot about myself as a designer and allowed me to focus on my technique, as well as giving me a better understanding of the science that goes into creating a garment. I hope to take these lessons learned into my future career and strive to continue improving and expanding my design knowledge for years to come.”

 

Burks is a senior, majoring in apparel merchandising and management, with a textiles emphasis at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

“I learned how to effectively lead and manage a group project by ensuring we all met weekly deadlines and split up the work according to our strengths,” Burks said. “I also learned more about AATCC test methods and how to select which test methods are important depending on the garment and its intended end use.”

 

Burks is planning her future career to be in textile research and development, testing, or material development geared towards sportswear.

 

“The effective teamwork strategies and the knowledge I obtained about AATCC test methods from this competition will help me in my desired career area,” Burks said. “Being able to work well in teams is always important in any career and developing a deeper understanding of product development and test methods will prepare me to work in research and development, testing, or material development.”

 

Liu is a senior majoring in apparel merchandising management, with a retailing option at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

“This is the first time I did a project virtually, and this is a new comprehensive skill set for future in school and work,” Liu said.

 

“I am about to graduate and am planning to work in fashion retail-related industry such as fashion buyer,” she continued. “I have learned about researching fashion trends and have a deeper understanding of the ongoing fashion world.  Even though we are all isolated at home because of the epidemic, we are also making fashion style adjustment to this new world. We designed a coat with mask to give extra protection to the wearer. The idea is to combine functional elements under current epidemic situation while we are still able to maintain the aesthetic aspect of fashion design. I think the most important thing that I learned from this competition is that fashion is always constantly changing around the world whether it is a new situation like this or environmental changes that lead us to choose different materials and design.”

 

DeGard is a senior majoring in apparel merchandising and management, with a retailing emphasis.

 

“This competition taught me the importance of attention to detail and how to work closely in a group effort,” DeGard said. “I aspire to become a merchandiser for Patagonia. This competition applies to my future career goals, because it required teamwork and research about cost, fabrication, and market trends.”

 

Cruz is also a senior majoring in apparel merchandising and management

at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

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.

  • Alyssa McNamara, research associate at Spoonflower Inc.

  • Muditha Senanayake, interim dept. chair, associate professor, Apparel Merchandising and Management at Cal Poly Pomona

 

Judges

 

  • Lisa Beck, product manager at Datacolor

  • Emily Coleman, designer and merchandise manager at Jefferies Socks

  • Hunter Ellis, president at Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems

  • Anna Hall, e-commerce specialist at Jefferies Socks

  • Ken Hamby, general manager at Jefferies Socks
    Yvonne Johnson, director, product development at Cotton Incorporated

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

  • Alyssa McNamara, research associate at Spoonflower Inc.

  • Kristie Rhodes, manager, product development at Cotton Incorporated

  • Mike Scrutton, director, print technology and strategy at Adobe

  • Brennan West, design associate / Wrangler Modern Men’s Global at Kontoor Brands, Inc.

  • Seth Winner, technical manager for wovens at Cotton Incorporated

  • Carrie Yates, manager of product development at Cotton Incorporated

 

Source: AATCC

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