Kornit and FIT Hold Design Challenge

Kornit Digital and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) collaborate on a unique challenge for fashion design students.

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MEQUON, Wis.-Kornit Digital and the Manhattan-based Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) collaborate on a unique challenge for fashion design students. Now in its third year, the organizations challenge students to create designs which are digitally printed onto fabric in a sustainable fashion. Designs were printed using the Kornit Allegro with the company’s NeoPigment inks. An awards ceremony for finalists took place on Sept. 29 at the New York university. 

While previous contests challenged students to create original designs on textiles, this year’s competition used the printed fabrics as a means of designing ready-to-wear fashion pieces.

More than 40 students participated in the contest, and a panel of judges including staff from Kornit and professionals from the fashion and design industries reviewed the entries. Designs were rated based on criteria including marketability, use of printed textile, and construction. Judges named the following students as finalists:

Allison Clausius, first place


Anchal Kansra, second place


Aarohi Shah, third place

“We educate tomorrow’s designers on flexible, environmentally conscious printing technology while creating beautiful pieces of art and fashion,” says Rich Thompson, president of Kornit Digital North America. “We extend our congratulations to all winners and wish them the best for their future career!”

Sustainability is a continued theme in many of Kornit’s design contests. Earlier this year, the company hosted a similar competition with FIT entitled “Wearable Water.” The competition called for students to create designs that highlighted the importance of the oceans’ and ecosystems’ impact on water. 

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