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Lili Shi from Fashion Institute of Technology Wins 2018 Supima Design Competition

Lili Shi Supima WinnerOn Thursday, September 6th, Lili Shi, a recent graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology recent was named the winner of the 2018 Supima Design Competition.

Shi, whose capsule collection caught the attention of the judges and a full capacity crowd at Pier 59 Studios based her capsule collection on the circle, designing each garment based on this organic shape that is so much a part of our everyday life. From the circle, Shi created innovative silhouettes that ranged from classic to futuristic.

A panel of 12 judges selected Lili Shi as the winner. She received a $10,000 check from Supima to kick-start her design career. Additionally, Lili will present during Paris Fashion Week later this month.

Participating for the second year, June Ambrose served as host. Judges included: Amanda Hearst – co-founder, Maison de Mode, Hassan Pierre– co-founder, Maison de Mode, Aria Darcella – fashion news editor, The Daily Front Row, Hilary Milnes – managing editor,, Avril Graham – executive fashion and beauty editor, Harper’s BAZAAR, Rajni Jacques – fashion director, Teen VOGUE and Allure, Carmen Lilly – stylist, Ruthie Friedlander – site director,, Faith Cummings – contributor, Teen VOGUE, Tracey Greenstein – business reporter, WWD, Fern Mallis – founder, New York Fashion Week, Tyler McCall – deputy editor,

Returning for the fourth year, fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra served as mentor to the seven finalists, providing invaluable feedback and insight throughout the process.

Photos courtesy of Supima

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