Student takes third in national apparel design competition

June 2, 2014

Jordynn BeckmanA University of Wisconsin-Stout apparel design and development student tied for third place recently in a national contest.

Jordynn Beckman, of Little Falls, Minn., received $100 cash and a $50 gift certificate for being named one of two honorable mention award winners in the Concept 2 Consumer Design Competition sponsored by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.

A total of 88 students from around the country entered the 10th annual competition. The winner was from the University of Delaware and the runner-up from Kansas State University.

The six judges were professionals from the industry, including from Perry Ellis International, Nike and Spanx.

The contest called for students to design a swimwear collection for 18- to 30-year-olds. Beckman's entry was titled Bali Tides.

The Bali Tides collection by Jordynn BeckmanBeckman used the Mother Temple of Besakih in Bali, Indonesia, as the inspiration for her designs, which included tops and bottoms in complementary colors and patterns.

"The theme I wanted to incorporate was the organic colors and ancient spires of the temple," said Beckman, a junior. "I believe that the way I manipulated my textile patterns within my designs made the entry more unique and innovative."

Beckman's adviser was Associate Professor Jongeun Rhee.

UW-Stout students have consistently fared well in the AATCC competition, taking second in 2013; first and third in 2012; second and third in 2011; and second in 2010.



Top: Jordynn Beckman

Bottom: A swimsuit collection, Bali Tides, created by Jordynn Beckman tied for third in a national design contest.