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Supima Design Competition 2019: Linh La, Academy of Art University

Linh La Supima

Linh La grew up in Vietnam where as a child she would stay up late thinking about creating new fashion designs for her Barbie dolls. As she grew older La realized that fashion was more than a necessity, she saw it as a form of self-expression.

So, with no real experience or education in fashion, La set out to explore her creativity and pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

La attended Academy of Art University where she studied design, construction and draping majoring in Fashion Design – Women’s Wear. She specializes in Avant-garde, women’s ready to wear using layers and texture to create her designs.

La’s Supima collection is inspired by the works of renowned artist/fiber sculptor, Judith Scott. Channeling the artist’s approach to her sculptures, La collected items from thrift stores as a starting point for design and drape ideas and followed Scott’s techniques to incorporate into her own designs.

Courtesy Supima

Started in 2008, the annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent and was modeled on the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of the then-teenaged Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Since its start, former Supima Design Competition winners have gone on to launch their own labels, show at New York Fashion Week, and secure jobs with top international labels including Michael Kors, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren and Phillip Lim.

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