The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine have created an endowment to support the next generation of American fashion designers. Each year one or more designers will be awarded business mentoring as well as financial support. Award recipients are selected by a committee of industry experts, based on the exceptional talent they have already demonstrated in fashion design and their capacity for future distinction in the fashion industry. Committee members include Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, and J. Crew Executive Creative Director Jenna Lyons.
Last week OvationTV debuted The Fashion Fund, an hour long series documenting the process of selecting this year’s winner and runners up. Things heat up in tonight’s all-new episode of The Fashion Fund as the finalists come face-to-face with the judges. Preview the episode below and be sure to tune in tonight at 10 ET/7 PT on OvationTV.
Last year Vera was lucky enough to be presented the CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award by her mentor Ralph Lauren. “Ralph was a real mentor, he gave me the confidence. He would say to me, ‘You have a talent, and I don’t say that to many people. Trust in yourself.’ I took that advice.” (VOGUE China, 1/09)