On January 8 in New York City, fashion industry leaders gathered to honor industry veterans and celebrate the next generation of fashion talent at the 2013 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner. Lanvin’s artistic director, Alber Elbaz who took home the prestigious 50th Anniversary Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award was among the night’s honorees.
Also at the event were Bibhu Mohapatra, Kim Hastreiter, Alexandra Lind Rose, Lynn Hirschberg, Jim Gold, Stefano Tonchi, Andrea DuBois, Jason Kidd, Porschla Coleman, Rula Jebreal and Alvin Valley. Not bad for a Tuesday night. The event raised 1.9 million dollars in support of its scholarship, mentoring and internship programs and handed out scholarships to 130 deserving college students pursuing careers in fashion arts.
It’s nice to see all the efforts being made to nurture and support the next generation of fashion talent. While many continue to dismiss fashion as frivolous, we all have to wear clothes, and the multi-billion dollar fashion industry is clearly a force to be reckoned with.
Image courtesy of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.