It’s always worth celebrating the new generation of designers, merchandisers, and fashion enthusiasts. That was certainly the case last night at the Fashion Scholarship Fund’s 85th annual gala, which honored 123 FSF scholars, including 23 Black students who were part of the Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. Industry titans such as Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Supreme’s Tremaine Emory, and Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson turned out to support the scholars, as well as Neiman Marcus’s CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck, who was also honored at the gala for The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation’s partnership.
The 123 scholars were dressed to the nines for the party, which made for a colorful crowd. Each of their case studies—in-depth projects that presented a solution to an issue in the fashion industry—was displayed in the event space. “It’s just breaking it all down and making it all feel a little more accessible [for the students] So they can say, “you know what? I can see myself in this industry,” Fashion Scholarship Fund executive director Peter Arnold said post-event.
Broadway star Renée Elise Goldsberry was emcee for the evening’s festivities. The main event was speeches by the four finalists for the FSF’s top prize, the $25,000 Chairman’s Award. Some of the finalists were also members of the “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, which Abloh launched in partnership with the FSF in 2020 to foster Black talent before his death in November 2021. A High Snobeity and Off-White boutique at the event featured limited-edition merchandise designed by Virgil Abloh and Off-White that guests could bid on, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the fund.