Fashion Design Alumna Chosen to Represent Kent State in 2019 Supima Fashion Design Competition


Supima Design Competion finalist Shuxian Kong works on her collection "Doodling Childhood."A lover of fashion since she was a child, Shuxian Kong has learned how to turn her lifelong passion into a budding career. Kong, a 2019 graduate of The Kent State University Fashion School of Design and Merchandising, was chosen as the university’s representative in the 2019 Supima Design Competition on Sept. 5 in New York City for her collection, “Doodling Childhood”. Kong is one of only eight participants chosen in the country to compete in the competition. 


Now in its twelfth year, Supima’s design competition was created to introduce the next generation of designers into the fashion industry. Graduating seniors from the top design schools in the country are chosen to represent their school and compete for a $10,000 cash prize and an opportunity to show their collections in front of high-profile fashion audiences and influencers in New York City and Paris. Kong joins previous Kent State nominees: Alanna Lizun (2018), Sarah Johnson (2017), Kara Michelle Kroeger (2016), Paige Meacham (2015), Anastasia Iafrate (2014) and Sylvia Bukowski (2013).


A design from Shuxian Kong's collection "Doodling Childhood."Finalists are challenged with creating five looks for each type of Supima premium fabric: denim, knit, twill, shirting and velveteen. The participants are required to design one eveningwear look for each fabric, creating a five-look capsule collection. 


Each student designer works with a mentor throughout the entire process. Kong chose Fashion School assistant professor Chanjuan Chen to assist her. “Shuxian is a very talented student with a high level of motivation and dedication,” said Chen. “Her creative mind and willingness to learn new things helped her create this beautiful collection of original prints.” 


Kong became enamored with fashion at an early age. As a child growing up in China, her grandmother worked in a garment factory and introduced her to the world of fashion where she gained insight on the inner workings of garment manufacturing and learned how to sew on her grandmother’s sewing machine. “Doodling Childhood” is inspired by the drawings she created as a child. “I remember when I would get back home from school, I loved to stay inside my room and doodle everywhere including the wall,” laughed Kong. 


As a fashion student, Kong excelled in drawing, flat pattern and draping classes. She was a finalist for The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards in New York. She was also a winner during the Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show 2019, taking home the “Sportswear/Casual Award” for her collection, “Revival Outdated.” She made the decision to attend The Fashion School at Kent State because she believed it was the best school in Ohio to teach her the necessary skills to become a fashion designer. 


Supima Design Competion finalist Shuxian Kong works on her collection "Doodling Childhood."The 2019 Supima Design Competition runway show will be hosted the day before New York Fashion Week on Sept. 5 at Pier 59 in New York City. The event will be live-streamed via­­ the Supima website at 4 p.m. (ET) for those who cannot attend in person. The competition finalists will be judged by a diverse panel of fashion industry leaders and the winner will be announced upon completion of the show. Final collections will also be presented during Paris Fashion Week, with the winning designer in attendance. 



Gina (Zinan) Guo of Drexel University was crowned the winner of the 2019 competition. The Kent Fashion School would like to congratulate Shuxian Kong on an incredible collection and exciting run, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her career!



For more information about the Supima Design Competition or their premium cotton, please visit their website.





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POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:08am