It was an emotional night on Monday in New York. The Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) hosted its annul awards gala celebrating a new class of fashion scholars. The evening also honored the legacy and impact of Fashion Scholarship Fund board member Virgil Abloh.
The late designer, who died in November 2021, partnered with FSF in 2020 to establish the “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund with initial support from Evian, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton, New Guards Group and Nike. Abloh’s vision for the fund was to foster equity and inclusion across the fashion industry by providing funds, career support, and mentoring to Black students.
At the gala, Abloh’s wife, Shannon Abloh, took the stage to give heartfelt remarks about her husband, his support for the next generation and to announce the top scholarship winner.
“One of the things I always admired about Virgil was his deep sense of compassion and care for others. He believed that being a leader meant serving others in need. And he felt a tremendous sense of purpose in opening doors for others. He would say, ‘The work isn’t simply about opening the doors, it’s about laying the groundwork to ensure these doors remain open permanently for others to walk through.’ When he