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WINNING SCHOLARS: Fashion types descended on Diane von Furstenberg’s Meatpacking District headquarters on Wednesday to fete the new Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship and its first winner, Gohar Rajabzadeh. The senior at Miami International University of Art & Design didn’t miss a beat when asked how she hopes to make use of the $25,000. “I can do my master’s now,” the Sweden native said.
The two runners-up for the scholarship were Niloufar Mozafari of Parsons The New School for Design, and Laura Schmits of California College of the Arts. Art Ortenberg, who initiated the scholarship in the name of his late wife, was on hand with Cathy Horyn. He explained how the scholarship can go beyond just the annual prize. Recent Parsons graduate Robert Fitzsimmons, for instance, was looking for an internship opportunity in Paris, but needed additional financial support. With Ortenberg’s help, Fitzsimmons is interning at Lanvin in Paris. “We want to be able to develop people,” Ortenberg said.
Other guests included Elie Tahari, Andrew Rosen, William L. McComb, Erin Fetherston, Richard Lambertson and John Truex.