Timed to Earth Month, the CFDA and Swarovski Foundation will launch the three-year partnership to advance learning and innovative design thinking within sustainable systems.
The annual $30,000 scholarship will feature a fellowship opportunity and provide one annually selected student with meaningful mentorship to help them grow their exemplary potential to transform fashion through ingenuity.
The scholarship opportunity is open to full-time undergraduate BFA or BA college students.
The 2021 Re: GENERATION Innovation Scholar will be chosen by a CFDA–Swarovski Foundation committee based on portfolio review andvirtual presentation, demonstrating interests or strengths in sustainable systems, talent, financial need, and professional potential. Students will betasked to embed Swarovski Foundation focuses of culture, creative innovation, care for the environment and human rights within their narrative.
In addition to the scholar award, Swarovski Foundation and the CFDA will expand upon the principles of creativity for problem-solving and sustainable innovation, embarking on programming, professional development tools, learning opportunities, and information resources available to students at American design schools and in the wider fashion industry.
“Students are the future of American fashion and will be leading the charge in transforming today’s challenges into tomorrow’s solutions,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “Creative ingenuity is a prerequisite for impactful innovation in sustainable and lasting change.
Through the Re:GENERATION Innovation Scholar Award, we look to students to imagine a new global and conscious fashion industry. We look forward to again be working with Nadja Swarovski as well as the Swarovski Foundation and thank them for the support.”
“Building on almost two decades of collaboration, I am proud to partner with the CFDA in a new capacity via the Swarovski Foundation,” said Member of the Swarovski Executive Board and Swarovski Foundation Chair Nadja Swarovski.
“The Re: GENERATION Innovation Scholar Award reflects our shared vision to identify, empower and accelerate the next generation of leading fashion talent in the sustainability realm. Design students have a unique ability to use the creative process to examine sustainable development and lay the foundations of a new and better future for this industry. Their creative expression through fashion is a vehicle for evolution – not only for trailblazing concepts and products, but also for societal changes in thinking and behavior.”