Winners Announced During Annual Spanish Soho Mile, May 30
FIT Fashion Design students participated in the “Follow the Red Dress” contest, celebrating the best American up-and-coming fashion inspired by Spain’s art and culture. Final garments were showcased in a fashion show May 30th during the Spanish Soho Mile, an annual event featuring fashion, footwear, and jewelry from Spain, presented by the Spain - U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Exclusively open to students of FIT, the contest required participants to submit red garment designs inspired by Spanish culture, history, art or fashion in three categories – art-inspired, eveningwear, and recycled.
15 finalists, chosen by the Spain - U.S. Chamber of Commerce, constructed and fabricated their garments with a stipend of $150 for materials and fabrics. Finalists include Maya Barash, Hyunsoo Kim, Lathajaya Kumar, Jihaeng Lee, Sunyoung Lee, Tania Leipold, Paolo de Marco, Miroslawa Morciniec, Sehyun Park, Carolyn Peck, Miguel Pena, Daniel Seo, Autorene Shortridge, Maor Tapiro, and Jeffrey Todd.
The first place winner, Maya Barash, received $1800, second place winner, Maor Tapiro, $1300, and third place winner, Sehyun Park, $800.
Judges included Joanne Arbuckle, Dean of the School of Arts and Design of FIT; Modesto Lomba, Designer and President of the Association of Spanish Fashion Designers; Custo Dalmau, Designer; Alex Carrasco, Senior Editor Spanish V; Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Designer; Ana Calvo, Founder and CEO Coolture; Gemma Cortijo, Executive Director Spain – U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Lluis Solé, Chair of the Fashion Committee Spain – U.S. Chamber of Commerce.