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Student designers take home cash, internship prizes in Cotton Challenge

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Models sashayed down the runway last week in the K-State Union wearing cotton garments ranging from jeans to evening wear, the culmination of a semester-long cotton project for 27 apparel and textiles students.

Winning student designers, who also constructed their own original garments, took home cash, gift certificates and internships for their creative efforts.

Allison Douville, junior, won $800 for first place in the Cotton Line Challenge from a Cotton Inc. grant. She also was awarded $500 and a paid internship in the Lee Jeans 125 competition.

Tong Zhou, senior, also received $500 and an internship from Lee Jeans.

In the Cotton Line competition, Anna Murphy, senior, received second place and $500 and Hannah Reusser, junior, third place and $300.

Cotton Inc. also sponsored the open cotton design competition. Hannah Sigvaldson, junior, won first place; Tong Zhou second; and Tara Killingsworth, senior, won third. Winners received gift certificates from local merchants Midwest Sewing and Vacuum, Weisner’s Sew Unique and All About Quilts.

Kansas Cotton Association in collaboration with Plains Cotton Cooperative (PCCA) sponsored several design challenges.

Laura Schoneman, sophomore, won the PCCA Trendboard award and $200. Alexandria Mitchell, senior, placed second.

Killingsworth won $300 cash for PCCA Casual Category (denim garment or accessory, not jeans) and $500 cash for PCCA Fashion Jeans (women’s) category. Reusser placed second in the women’s Fashion Jeans.

Collin Campion, junior, won $500 cash for PCCA Fashion Jeans (men’s) category.

In the casual category, Brennan Randel, senior, placed second and Kelsie Doty, senior, placed third. Doty also placed third in the women’s fashion jeans category and Randel placed second in the men’s fashion jeans category.

The overall grand prize winners were Allison Douville and Tara Killingsworth. Each received professional dressforms donated by PGM Corporation.

“The students did some amazing things. I just provided the opportunities,” said Joycelyn Burdett, assistant professor who teaches the pattern making class and special topics course that participated in the Cotton Challenge. “I was delighted at how much they could pull out of themselves given the motivation and opportunity.”

Each student designed and made 3 to 10 garments for the fashion show.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications



This article was posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, and is filed under College News, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.