Max Mara and the Royal College of Art Announce Fashion Scholarships

The latest company to contribute to a scholarship program at the Royal College of Art in London is Max Mara. Together, the two have developed a scholarship program that, beginning in September of next year, will allow students who are struggling financially to participate in the School of Design’s MA fashion program.

 

The Students

Over the following three years, it will be made available to two students each year. Each beneficiary will receive 30,000 pounds, which will pay for their entire tuition as well as a portion of their maintenance and supplies costs.

The students have the chance to participate in a paid design internship at the Max Mara headquarters in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in addition to receiving financial assistance. Since he graduated with an MA in fashion in 1987, Ian Griffiths, the creative director of Max Mara, said this endeavor is very dear to his heart. After graduating, he made the decision to work with Max Mara as a designer as a result of one of his early projects—a competition.

 

The Techniques

“Max Mara is honored to assist the RCA and its students in researching new procedures, techniques, and models at this pivotal time for the fashion industry. The RCA’s designers are reinventing fashion, rediscovering its delight, and seeing it as an instinctive human activity. I am ecstatic to have the chance to go with them, added Griffiths, who on this occasion was named an honorary visiting professor at RCA.

Griffiths has a profound enthusiasm for identity, culture, and fashion, according to Zowie Broach, director of the RCA’s MA Fashion program. He demonstrates remarkable leadership and concern for the future of fashion education at the RCA by supporting the Max Mara scholarships, which welcome a broader representation and a community of voices to create new identities and cultures.

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What RCA Offers

Despite being one of the most costly art schools in the world, the RCA offers a wide range of programs to help gifted students succeed in their studies. The college last month unveiled the RCA Virgil Abloh Scholarship in honor of the late fashion designer who worked as a visiting professor there. The scholarship will be given to a Black British student enrolled in any program at the RCA School of Design who is talented but has financial limitations.

Other scholarships available at the institution include the Märit Rausing Scholarships in Glass and Ceramics, the Sir Frank Bowling Scholarship for British students of Black African and Caribbean descent or mixed Black African and Caribbean descent, the RCA Logitech Scholarships for underrepresented communities, and the Tony Snowdon Scholarship for students with a physicist major.

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