Award-winning Creative Director of Diplomacy Worldwide, Eric Archibald, will be honored at the prestigious 49th Annual BRAG Scholarship & Awards Gala in New York City on Monday, October 21st.
With one of the most sought after perspectives in fashion, Archibald’s handprint has been on the origins of streetwear since 1994. Since his foray into the field, he has the unique ability to forecast and ignite fashion trends through his wondrous roving eye for fashion.
BRAG, the New York-based non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of people of color in leadership within retail, fashion, and related industries, will host the premiere fundraising event at the Edison Ballroom from 6 to 10 p.m.
The prestigious gala is focused on providing scholarships for high performing college students interested in pursuing careers in the business of fashion. “The Gala is also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate professionals in the industry who are aligned with our mission and values while addressing the need for more representation,” shares BRAG co-presidents, Nicole Cokley Dunlap and Shawn Outler.
Archibald—whose work has been featured predominantly in pop culture with editorial spreads in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, People, Marie Claire, Glamour, and GQ—is renowned for mixing fashion-forward textures and colors to design collections that complement the modern, authentic streetwear lifestyle.
The head judge on MTV’s “Styl’d,” Archibald has provided creative direction and designed costumes for The Oscars, The Grammy’s, The Tony’s, The Golden Globes, VH1 Honors, BET Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Soul Train Awards, and P. Diddy’s vocal talent show, The Four. He’s established his signature aesthetic and piercing fashion acumen through the likes of iconic artists such as Future, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Missy Elliot, P. Diddy, and Little Kim.
The theme for this year’s BRAG gala is Culture Curators. It will be hosted by ABC News Correspondent and Emmy Award-winning television personality Linsey Davis. The event will raise funds for scholarships to be awarded to students working toward degrees in fashion and related fields. To date, BRAG has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to high-achieving fashion and design students who have displayed the aptitude to become future leaders.
“It’s an honor and thrill to be recognized by BRAG,” Archibald said. “More than that, I’m inspired to be part of fundraising efforts that will advance people of color in leadership throughout the world of fashion.”
Previous BRAG Scholarship & Awards Gala honorees have included Bloomingdale’s VP of Integrated Marketing Kevin Harter, supermodel Naomi Campbell, NFL superstar Victor Cruz, entrepreneur Magic Johnson, Ashley Stewart Executive Chairman & CEO James Rhee, and designer Zac Posen.