AATCC launched its sixth annual design competition in August 2009, and received 70 entries from 16 schools and universities. The Summer Bling! theme gave students the challenge of creating fabric or product designs for pool and beachwear, based on color palettes from Pantone. Prizes included first-place cash awards of U.S. $1,000 (and a copy of Pantone’s Cotton Passport), and a U.S. $500 cash award for second place in both categories.
Fabric Design Challenge Winners
First place: “Shamanism—Spirit of the Summer,” Sarah Buck Mueller, Drexel University
Second place: “Seaside Serenity,” Laura Jefferson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Product Design Challenge Winners
First place: “Hot Hot Hot,” Courtney Fitzpatrick, Cornell University
Second place: “Tide Me Over,” Emily B. Parks, Illinois State University
Images of the winning entries are available here.