The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s Annual Awards Ceremony is returning to a physical venue for 2022, after the virtual ceremony last year. The nonprofit is entering its 85th year, and the annual awards ceremony is set to take place in February in New York City. Big players this year include Virgil Abloh, who will be celebrated for his contributions to the fashion industry.
In particular, Abloh will be honoured for establishing the Post-Modern Scholarship Fund in partnership with the FSF, which benefits Black students through funding, career support and mentoring. The fund arrived in 2020, and offers a $1 million donation from Abloh and partnered brands Louis Vuitton, Farfetch, Evian and the New Guards Group.
As has quickly become the precedent for these ceremonies, the FSF will award over $1 million in scholarships to 120 students, 20 of which will be Abloh’s Post-Modern Scholarship Fund scholars, who will also all be in attendance. Speaking about the event, FSF’s Peter Arnold has said “We are so pleased that our community will be gathering live and in-person in February. It will be especially exciting to have this year’s entire class of Scholars with us — 120 students — who will travel from cities and towns across the country to New York City, many of them for the first time, to be celebrated at this year’s reimagined gala”.
Of the designers set to be celebrated, Arnold stressed that “We look forward to honouring Virgil …and to showcasing the work of the next generation of industry talent — they are the heart and soul of all that we do.”
The prestigious scholarship prizes are indicative of emerging talent and innovation in fashion. In the virtual ceremony last year, Evelyn Siao was awarded the scholarship for her campaign for Levi’s called ‘Deeper Pockets’. This project raised awareness about the gender wage gap, while also readdressing gendered functionality in fashion by offering women’s jeans with deeper pockets.