May 21, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Versace Partners With CFDA on LGBTQ-Focused Initiative

By Susan Payne

Donatella Versace is launching a masterclass at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on March 6 in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. 

Versace will be involved in a fireside chat with the Center’s chief marketing and communications officer, Phillip Picardi, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The CFDA will organize a delegation of students to meet with Los Angeles CFDA members and designers to discuss fashion industry careers. 

“I have always believed in the power of young creatives,” said Versace. “At Versace we have had some of the most amazing young talent join us and we have learned so much from them. I am thrilled that we can support a scholarship with the CFDA for an LGBTQ student and cannot wait to see their creative energy come to fruition with our encouragement.”

Versace and the CFDA are also developing a new scholarship for LGBTQ design students to be announced later in the year. 

On March 10, Versace will unveil its fall 2023 women’s and men’s collections in Los Angeles, and 10 CFDA students will attend the show, according to Women’s Wear Daily. 

Last June, Versace parent company Capri Holdings created The Versace Foundation that aims at fostering, promoting and supporting programs, projects and activities designed to generate awareness and support for the LGBT community, Women’s Wear Daily reported. 

Versace has long voiced her support for LGBTQ equality.

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