AATCC received 34 entries from 13 colleges and universities for its eighth annual design competition. This year’s theme, Birds of a Feather Walk Together, presented students with a real-world design scenario to create original active wear designs for 50-65 year old females for Quilltheir daily walking routine.

The color palette for the collections was to include a combination of 9 colors and students were also asked to incorporate a bird design element in at least one design. See the full competition guidelines.

Prizes include first place cash award of US$1,000 along with a copy of Pantone’s Cotton Planner, www.pantone.com, a US$750 award for second place, and two US$100 awards for honorable mentions.


1st Place: Quill by Leah Becker, University of Wisconsin-Stout
2nd Place: Minerva by Elizabeth Keebler, Stephens College
Honorable Mention:
Fine Feathers by Carrie Cook, Kansas State University
Madam Mallard by Wynn Farley, University of Wisconsin-Stout


AATCC would like to extend our appreciation to all judges:

Carlos Vazquez, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Instructor, Mentor for the Debut 3rd, Designer
Carrie Yates, Cotton Incorporated, Manager, Product Development
Deborah Young, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Assistant Chair, Textile Science
Diana Wyman, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Product Research & Testing Analyst
Kristie Rhodes, Cotton Incorporated, Textile Designer
Rachel Asimakopoulos, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Design Manager, Women’s Sportswear/Women’s Yoga/Children’s Wear

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