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Each year, the Fashion Design department selects two graduating students to participate in the Supima Design Competition, an interschool challenge to make garments out of Supima cotton. Last year, Kyle Pearson, Fashion Design ’12, was selected. His inspiration for the collection was the global shift of power away from the US.

He did not win. But the stylist for Miss USA (not to be confused with Miss America) was in attendance, and she asked Pearson if the pageant winner could try on two of his gowns.

Kyle Pearson fitting Olivia Culpo, now Miss Universe. “She’s tiny,” Pearson says. “And she’s really young—she’s only 20.” (Courtesy of Supima)

Pearson was initially nervous about the safety of his garments. “Those gowns are built for runway-size models, not real women,” he said. As it turned out, Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012, fit into them just fine.

Pearson also offered to make a custom piece, as the gown might be featured in the internationally televised Miss Universe competition held December 19. She wore it to the opening ceremony. Long story short, she took home the crown. Hue can’t help but think the dress played a part.

A custom dress Kyle Pearson made for Miss USA, which she wore to the Miss Universe competition.

Pearson’s parents called to tell him what happened. “I didn’t actually see it, because I don’t have a TV,” he admits.

Miss USA at the 2012 Orphaned Starfish Gala, wearing a Supima dress by Kyle Pearson. (Hue wonders why anyone would want to save a starfish, those bloodsucking monsters of the sea.)