Netta Rabin of Fashion Institute of Technology won the top prize in Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors Association’s ninth annual Young Designers’ Competition. The competition, created by ICMAD in 1999, showcases the design talent in personal care packaging. The goal of the competition is to encourage and develop young creative talent that will build the future of the cosmetics industry. Students received bottles courtesy of Jeffrey Appel of National Printing.
Second place winner was Maria Maldonado, a candidate for MFA in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Third place winner, Katie Fowler, is a junior at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Competition judges included John Collier of Susan M. Rafaj Marketing Services, Santo Fareri of SRF Design Ltd., Kenneth Noskin of Ideate, Gregg Lukasiewicz of Lukasiewicz Design, Inc. and Rick Prater of Rick Prater Design. Judging criteria for packaging include uniqueness, ability to be reproduced economically and use and storage accessibility.
Participating schools included: American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, NY; Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, CA; Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL and Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.
The awards were presented by Martha Brady, president/CEO of Caudalie USA. Ms. Brady spoke about working her way up the ladder in the cosmetics industry, from a Revlon counter girl to sales executive at Estée Lauder and LaPrarie, where packaging was everything.