The following article first appeared on Vogue.com. Three Parsons students were named among this year’s ten finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund: Eva Zuckerman (Continuing Education), Gigi Burris (BFA Fashion Design ’09), and Tanya Taylor (AAS Fashion Design ’09).
The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund has granted $3.8 million to 30 design companies over the past eleven years, including winners Public School, Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and runners-up like Tabitha Simmons, Prabal Gurung, and Thom Browne, and while it’s stunning to consider the talent that has passed through the program, it’s equally exciting to consider what’s ahead. In that vein, tonight’s announcement of the ten finalists of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund couldn’t have been held at a more appropriate location: downtown, hosted by the Westfield World Trade Center—which, come November, will be the home of Vogue and Condé Nast.
Over the next four months, this group of ten finalists—in addition to running their businesses as usual—will participate in a special design challenge underwritten by Maybelline, stage a runway show at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, and, of course, share their stories and inspirations with Vogue.com. It all leads up to the big announcement on November 3.
The 2014 finalists are:
- Brett Heyman, Edie Parker
- Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent, Simon Miller
- Eva Zuckerman, Eva Fehren
- Gigi Burris, Gigi Burris Millinery
- Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence, Orley
- Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Grey Ant
- Paul Andrew, Paul Andrew
- Ryan Roche, Ryan Roche
- Tanya Taylor, Tanya Taylor
- Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon
This post originally appeared on the 560 Parsons School of Fashion magazine.