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AATCC announces winners of 2020 Student Design Competition

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May '20
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AATCC has announced the winners of the 2020 AATCC Concept 2 Consumers Student Design Competition, among 29 entries, with 43 students from 16 colleges and universities. This year’s ‘Everlasting Style’-themed competition challenged students to design an apparel line (3-5 designs) for office/work attire, 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. Lauren Bouvier, a senior majoring in apparel merchandising and product development from the University of Arkansas, won the first place for Nouvelle Femme, professional workwear for young women in response to the COVID-19 world pandemic. She 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 of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, including Adobe Photoshop CC; and one-year free AATCC Student Membership, according to an AATCC press release.

Izzy Volpe, a sophomore in fashion design at Drexel University, won the second prize, for Weco, office-wear for women. He 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 of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, including Adobe Photoshop CC; and one-year free AATCC Student Membership.

Bouvier says, “This competition was an opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario. 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.”

Volpe says, “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. 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 realise 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.”

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