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THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND SEARCHING FOR EMERGING MINORITY DESIGNERS FOR 4th ANNUAL FRONT ROW FASHION SHOW OCTOBER 24
New York, NY – May 28, 2009 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has opened it’s annual search for emerging minority designers to showcase their 2009 collections during the 4th Annual Front Row Fashion Show on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Designers from the African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American communities are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to showcase their designs during one of the most exciting weekends in the Big Apple.
A total of 10 up-and-coming and established designers will be featured at the Roseland Ballroom in
“The Front Row Fashion Show is a unique event because it strikes a balance between showcasing the icons who have advanced and influenced African American fashion and style, while also creating a special forum for young and talented minority designers who have the drive necessary to become the future of fashion, said Dwayne Ashley, President and CEO of TMCF.
Last year’s Anniversary Weekend raised $3.9 million, and more than 2,000 attendees saw the 3rd Annual Front Row Fashion Show. Featured designers included: Douglas Says, Edward Wilkerson for
The 4th Annual Front Row Fashion Show will also honor the contributions of fashion industry trailblazers and innovators who embody the leadership, commitment and legacy of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall. The 2008 Fashion Icon honorees included:
§ Tyson Beckford, Supermodel/Actor
§ Ross Burton, International Make-up Artist, and Oprah Winfrey’s personal make-up artist
§ Oscar James, Celebrity Hairstylist
§ Beverly Johnson, Supermodel/actress
§ Keith Major, Famed Fashion Photographer
§ Ashley Stewart, Full-figured Specialty Retailer
§ Audrey Smaltz, Former model and Ebony Fashion Fair Hostess, and CEO of the “Ground Crew”
Designers selected to participate in the 4th Annual Front Row Fashion Show must meet the following criteria, and agree to the following terms:
The application for designers is available by visiting the website at http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org. All designers will be notified no later than July 24, 2009.
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund:
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 Law Schools located in 22 states with a population of well over 250,000 students. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public HBCU. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization.