Fashion design junior Gabrielle Nadolny won $1,000 after being chosen by a panel of judges during the iCommit2-sponsored project to design the next generation of performance apparel for tennis players. The work of 30 students was judged in two categories: high-fashion tennis apparel focused on retail clients and team apparel focused on high school and college team uniforms.
Nadolny won in both categories for her designs. Caitlin Quirk was a semi-finalist in the high-fashion category, and Rachelle Matthews was the semi-finalist in the team-concept category.
“This industry-sponsored project was embedded in the FASHDES 316-Fashion Design course and offered our fashion design students the opportunity to design tennis garments utilizing performance fabrications that could potentially be produced by iCommit2,” said Celia Frank, associate professor of fashion design, who coordinated the project. “The students’ creative and innovative design concepts embody the talent and acumen of our program.”
Students were judged at The Design Center on Dec. 9 based on concept development, creative design, functionality, marketability and presentation.
The panel of judges for the competition included Julia Cohen, professional tennis player (USA- WTA); Pascal Collard, director of tennis at the Merion Cricket Club; Nancy Kuhn, owner/partner at Playgr8 Tennis; Jo Mordan, head designer for iCommit2; Taryn Reppert, director of marketing at Etcheberry Experience; Gary Gobin, senior director, sports apparel design development at QVC Corporation; Sue Budisheak, senior buyer at Fromuth Tennis; Thomas Shirley, PhilaU director of athletics; Shawn Becker, PhilaU interim tennis coach; and Carol Spinelli, an avid tennis player.
This was the second time Mike Mordan, president and CEO of iCommit2, has sponsored a fashion design competition with Philadelphia University. The company is a performance athletic apparel firm based in Kulpsville, Pa.