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Pattern designs by Academy of Art University Fashion students Xing Liu (top two rows) and Karina Rasmussen (lower two rows) were awarded in the Stylesight International Prints and Graphics contest.

School of Fashion students Xing Liu and Karina Rasmussen have placed first and third, respectively, in the Stylesight International Prints and Graphics contest. Stylesight, a leading provider of content and technology solutions for fashion professionals, established the competition as an initiative to introduce the industry to talented young designers. Mission accomplished for these Academy students!

Rasmussen (left), a 2014 BFA Fashion graduate, received a third-place award in the competition. Liu (right), a current MFA Fashion student, was a first-place winner.

The Prints and Graphics contest looks for work that combines this season’s trends and color palettes with fresh and interesting designs. Winners are gauged on originality, cohesiveness of their print collections and technical accuracy.

This season’s contest went international, with students from schools from the United States and United Kingdom submitting entries. The School of Fashion included the contest as an individual project in students’ Textile Portfolio classes, where each student picked one out of the four megatrends—Confluence, Dissonance, Existence and Essence—to produce six original prints and graphics for Fall/Winter 2015. 

The students chose among Stylesight's emerging "megatrends" to inspire their designs. Liu chose the theme Confluence.

First Place Winner—Xing Liu
Born in Dalian, China, Xing Liu came to the Academy to pursue her MFA in Textile Design. Liu chose Stylesight’s Confluence megatrend for her entry, taking inspiration from traditional tribal craftsmanship and patterns. Her textiles reimagine these classic patterns in a bold and modern manner, focusing on the splicing of geometrics to create lively, dynamic prints.

With a passion for textile design, Liu sets her future goal to be a professional designer and hopes to build her own company and brand after accumulating experience in the industry. 

Rasmussen's entries were inspired by the Stylesight theme Existence.

Third Place Winner—Karina Rasmussen
Karina Rasmussen is a new (spring 2014) BFA graduate specializing in Textile Design. Rasmussen chose the Existence megatrend for the contest, drawing inspiration from the natural habitats and landscapes of the Arctic. Her collection of textural prints and graphics features elements of snowy-peaked mountains, crystalized ice and morning frost, along with a floral contrast of midsummer blooms.

Over the past few years, Rasmussen’s interest in the study of textiles has developed into a passion for creating dynamic designs while exploring innovative techniques. She’s open to a career in a variety of fields, such as fashion or interiors. Her goal is to continue to grow within the dynamic fashion industry; she plans to enhance her skills and discover new design practices through experience and facing new challenges.

More Fashion Students Selected as Emerging Talents
In addition, five students were named by Stylesight as Emerging Talents: Andrea Nyberg, MFA; Ashley Curley, BFA; Hong Ni, MFA; Lisa Voong, BFA; and Yeosang Jung, MFA.

Doreen Du, an MFA student in the School of Fashion, contributed reporting for this article.

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