Virgil Abloh has raised $1 million for a new scholarship fund for Black fashion students.
The designer teamed up with the Fashion Scholarship Fund to launch the Virgil Abloh ‘Post Modern’ Scholarship Fund, in a bid to help talented young Black creatives in the industry.
On Thursday, Abloh revealed the fund had received donations from partners including Evian, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton and New Guards Group – following his personal donation to the cause.
“As a Black designer, I found my way through school, and a mixture of creative projects, and I had to make a name for myself. That took a lot of years and a lot of meetings and a lot of runway shows and a lot of work, and I wanted to make that door open for a younger generation to sort of have a pathway that stays open,” Abloh said in an interview with WWD.
“I was a student on a campus that was largely not as diverse as the world is. And it’s important to set up this foundation specifically for Black students who may feel like in the industry of fashion, they don’t see many people that they can identify with.”
The founder of luxury streetwear label Off-White, who is also artistic director of men’s wear at Louis Vuitton, also explained why he named the fund Post Modern.
Abloh says this scholarship will offer more than just funds, it will also provide career support and mentoring, with some of his friends in the industry even pledging to give master classes.
“I wanted to showcase the future of ‘charity’ or giving back doesn’t have to be like the past,” Abloh said. “There’s all sorts of avenues that help erase systemic racism, but also how you can donate time, mentorship, access, Rolodex, advice — you know, being there for a younger generation. I’ve always done lectures at schools, and I think that’s super important. You know, I’m not a designer that just hops away in a Mercedes and is gone.”
The Virgil Abloh ‘Post Modern’ Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to between 100 and 200 promising fashion students of Black, African American, or African descent.
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