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Tommy Hilfiger names Chris Cortez as 'The Next Great American Designer'

Sep '05
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Men's and women's sportswear marketer Tommy Hilfiger selects Chris Cortez as ''The Next Great American Designer''; selected by Hilfiger, Academy of Art University MFA student Cortez Emerges as winner of CBS Reality Show 'The Cut'.

Selected from a fiercely competitive group of sixteen talented contestants, Chris Cortez, MFA Graphic Design student at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, was named last night by Tommy Hilfiger as the winner of CBS' hit reality show, 'The Cut'. Cortez' fashion talents earned him a $250,000 salaried position with Hilfiger's company. Cortez will also be given the opportunity to design his own fashion line under the Hilfiger label.

'The Cut' was billed by Hilfiger as his "search for the next great American designer." During the show's run, Cortez and the other contestants competed in assignments that measured their ability to use their natural talents and expertise to succeed in real world situations mirroring those of Hilfiger's. As is the norm with this type of reality show, those who failed to make "the cut" each week were sent packing until only Cortez and two others remained. The final competition involved crafting a display window for Macy's Herald Square location in New York City.

In proclaiming Cortez the winner, Hilfiger noted to Cortez, "The way you blend classic and traditional styles together with the fashion of the street is very interesting."

Cortez, currently a resident of San Francisco, was born and raised in Connecticut. He has co-founded a successful hat-making and fashion company, called Christopher Thomas.

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