THE 2011 SUPIMA DESIGN COMPETITION
Time: Thursday, September 8, runway finale at 1 p.m.
Venue: “The Studio” tent at Lincoln Center, New York
Busan, South Korea native Jusil Carroll, 34, came to fashion after a career in illustration and matriculated at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design this year, because “it’s one of very few schools to offer a focus on knitwear.” A recipient of last year’s $25,000 CFDA Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship, she also won a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and placed first in the 2011 AFT International Fashion Sketch Contest. In her Competition collection, she says, “I was inspired by ‘The Blair Witch Project’ . . . I love the idea that each person interprets the witch differently and all they are left with is a sense of mystery and thrill.” At FIT, her faculty mentor for the Supima Design Competition was Lisa Donofrio.
This year’s finalists: Amy Bittner and Jusil Carroll from the Fashion Institute of Technology; MaRu Jung and Dara Rosen from Pratt Institute; Rachel Pullman and Connie Weng from the Rhode Island School of Design; and Lorena Cuevas and Marlow Larson from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Fashion designer, stylist and editor, Rachel Zoe hosted the competition.