Gucci’s Changemakers Programme, an initiative aimed at supporting emerging student designers, has made a significant impact in North America. It has assisted more than 50 non-profit organizations through grants and provided scholarships to 70 college students. Recently, Gucci announced the expansion of this program into the UK, where the fashion house has partnered with the University of the Arts London’s (UAL) London College of Fashion (LCF) to continue offering multidisciplinary scholarships to a new group of university students facing financial barriers.

The Changemakers initiative is dedicated to equipping talented students with the creative tools and platforms necessary for advancing their careers in fashion. It offers practical panels and workshops as well. Multidisciplinary artist Ronan Mckenzie will lead a series of workshops, featuring guests from Rise 365, Art Against Knives, and The Advocacy Academy, culminating in an end-of-year exhibition. Mckenzie expressed her excitement, saying, “I’m thrilled to once again collaborate with Gucci on Changemakers London. The show will be a multimedia celebration of the burgeoning talent and incredible creativity in London, guided by the interests and passions of the students.”

Vanessa Kingori, Chief Business Officer at Condé Nast Britain, played a role in selecting this year’s scholars. She shared her perspective, saying, “It was a privilege to witness the high level of talent, drive, and potential of the candidates, as well as the transformative power of this opportunity in their lives. By supporting talent from underrepresented communities, we can pave the way for a new generation to fulfill their potential without the financial pressures associated with higher education. Initiatives like Gucci Changemakers have the extraordinary ability to inspire and empower the emerging generation of creative talents.” The following scholars, along with their full academic qualifications, have been honored:

Joy Buckley – BA (Hons) Fashion Public Relations and Communication, London College of Fashion, UAL

Anissa-Louisa Kerbouche – BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation, London College of Fashion, UAL

Alicia Grilli – BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising, London College of Fashion, UAL

Professor Andrew Teverson, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, shares Kingori’s enthusiasm, stating, “Gucci’s commitment to providing financial support to diverse undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in fashion aligns perfectly with our philosophy of open and inclusive education, shaping the leaders of tomorrow.”

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