Over $ 500,000 from Gap and Harlem Fashion Row Award to HBCU Fashion Departments • EBONY
On Monday, Harlem’s Fashion Row and Gap Inc. announced the winners of their joint Closing The Gap initiative, a program that aims to elevate BIPOC’s next generation of fashion leaders. As part of the program, the fashion departments of ten HBCUs will collectively receive $ 510,000 in financial rewards.
“It is a great honor for us to partner with a world leader in the fashion world to launch the inaugural awards ceremony which will become an annual event. We come together not only to address issues of diversity and inclusion in the industry, but also to help give them the tools and guidance the next generation needs to take the fashion industry to new heights. “Said Brandice Daniel, founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row in a press release obtained by EBONY.
Winning institutions include North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, Bowie State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Tennessee State University, University of Arkansas Pine Buff, Clark Atlanta University and Norfolk State University.
“As an inclusive company, by design, we are driven by the belief that business can and should be a force for good. This extends not only to our employees and customers, but also to the communities we serve, ”said Sarah Holme, executive vice president of product design and development at Old Navy and executive sponsor of the creative community. multi-brand of Gap Inc. “I’m watching I look forward to working with Harlem’s Fashion Row to not only support the rich and rich history of HBCUs, but also to improve our industry by cultivating pipelines to careers in fashion for creative talent. black.
In addition to financial rewards, students enrolled at winning institutions will receive mentorship and internship opportunities from Gap Inc. and ICON360, a non-profit organization and an extension of Harlem’s Fashion Row.