“Costume designer [Jacqueline West ] has established a fashion design scholarship for Native American youth in partnership with The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California… The Scholarship is open for entry now and will be awarded in early Fall 2016.” A. Thompson Indiewire
Excerpt: Oscar Contender Jacqueline West Creates Scholarship for Native American. Ann Thompson Indiewire
Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West and the Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising have created a scholarship for an outstanding Native American interested in the study of fashion or costume design… In order to encourage youth of Native descent to enter the world of costume design and to raise awareness of careers in the design arena from fashion to costume design for theatre and film, the Scholarship includes a visiting internship with West.
After a career as a fashion designer with her own label, sold in such department stores as Barney’s and Fred Siegel, West in the late 80’s started to create costumes for film. Since then her costume designs have been nominated for three Oscars, including ‘Quills’ (2001), ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (2009) and finally, ‘The Revenant.’
The scholarship is open to youths of Native American descent who are eligible to enter college in the fall of 2016. Applicants should send an essay of why they would like to win the scholarship along with up to five fashion/costume sketches to:
C/O Shirley Wilson Public Relations
FIDM/The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Sketches may be of fashions or costumes from any time period. All applications must be received by July 31, 2016. This fashion or costume design scholarship is valued at $35,000, including full tuition fees, books, and supplies; it does not include transportation, living expenses, or incidentals. The recipient of The Jacqueline West Scholarship will be announced in August 30, 2016 for matriculation in October 2016. The winner’s sketches and fulfillment of other requirements will be judged by a panel including West and FIDM officials.”
“We are smack dab in the middle of a Native fashion renaissance…Native fashion increasingly permeates everyday life — across the internet, in stores, skate parks, runways, pretty much everywhere you go. Native Americans have always used clothing and personal adornment as key means for artistic expression and cultural survival.”~Karen Kramer~ curator of Native American art and culture, Peabody Essex Museum.