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Brynn Williams

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UD senior one of five students nationwide to compete in design competition

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1:54 p.m., Nov. 27, 2012--University of Delaware senior apparel design major Brynn Williams is one of five students nationwide selected to compete in one of the outdoor fashion industry’s leading design competitions.

The competition, Project OR, is a race-the-clock event, in which contestants must produce an original, innovative and functional prototype garment for the outdoor industry using performance and eco-friendly materials in 48 hours. 

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As one of the five student contestants, Williams will attend the Outdoor Retailer (OR) Winter Market tradeshow in Salt Lake City this January, where she will be given a design brief from which to make initial sketches on the show’s opening morning. 

“These five students join an exclusive group of top-level product designers invited to go head-to-head in front of the entire outdoor industry,” said Kenji Haroutunian, vice president at Nielsen Expositions and OR show director. 

The grand prize includes a design profile in a national magazine and a return trip to Salt Lake City for the next retail show. 

Williams is a Delaware native and year-round skier who recently gained a love and appreciation for global design and technical textiles during an extended study abroad trip at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

About Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer (OR) brings together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation through tradeshows, product demo events and web-based business solutions. 

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