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Supima Design Competition 2019: Yoohyeon Kim, SCAD

Yoohyeon Kim SupimaYoohyeon Kim was always an artist. From a young age she was expressing her artistic vision through drawing and painting and when she stumbled across fashion Kim new that this was the medium to help bring her artistic vision and thoughts to life.

With no formal fashion training, outside of learning hand-stitching from her mother, Kim was determined to bring her artistic visions to life and attend a university.

Kim enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design because of the school’s diverse curriculum. Kim’s specialty is designing contemporary women’s wear and conceptual design. She was chosen to represent SCAD for the world-renowned Graduate Fashion Week in London and will also be featuring her collection to the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate showcase in New York.

Kim’s Supima collection is titled Intrinsic, inspired by the Herero people in Namibia. Her designs look to bring their uniqueness to life and express their intrinsic beauty.

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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