After 20 years I have finally received my 15 seconds of fame. The Annual YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship fund Awards Gala was held last month at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and I along with seven other Marist Fashion students were lucky enough to be in attendance. Among us were 1,000 of the top executives from companies like Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, and Bloomingdales all coming together to celebrate and award “the up and coming of the fashion industry”.
The night began with VIP cocktail hour, in which the 150 student scholars were given an opportunity to mingle and network with designers and merchandisers in the fashion industry. This is also when I was able to use all of those random facts I’ve learned over the years thanks to the lovely Marist liberal arts core! After a few minutes of awkward standing I gained the courage to go up and say hello to many new faces. That night I met students from schools in California to Chicago, and held a twenty minute conversation with the Merchandising director of Perry Ellis (I still don’t know how it happened)
When cocktails ended, dinner began. Not only was the food gourmet and delicious, but dinner time brought the speeches and awards for the night. While I ate my apple and walnut salad I listened to the President of Ross Stores accept the “retailer of the year award”. When I ate my chicken and squash I witnessed Allen Sirkin win the lifetime achievement award for president of PVH. And lastly when the biscottis and coffee were served I listened to designer Alber Elbaz accept his 2013 Fashion Impact Award for creative director of Lanvin.
The night was full of glamour and great fashion, but most of all opportunity. Listening to Alber Elbaz tell his story of the start of his career, sketching on an end table in a dressing room to Allen Sirkin’s accomplishment of his 30 years with PVH. The night was more than I could have ever imagined and lets just say my few seconds of fame were more than worth waiting for.
That night Marist was awarded 8 scholarships, which is more than Parsons The New School of Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology combined, totaling in over $70,000.
– Pippa Hatch