Two VCUarts fashion design students receive CFDA award

Kylie Carroll works at a table, drawing on fabric

Fashion design students Chris Pleasant and Kylie Carroll are national finalists in the highly selective Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Design Award contest. 

Pleasant was one of two CFDA Design Scholar Award winners, earning a $25,000 scholarship for his fashion collection and portfolio submission to the contest. 

Carroll also joined the elite group of fashion design students, winning an honorable mention for her submission. 

“I would like to congratulate Chris and Kylie, I know they will both go far as they finish their schooling this coming year, graduate, and go on to change the business of fashion, while making their own statements and positive marks on the world,” said Patricia Brown, Chair of the VCUarts Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising.

The CFDA Scholarship program was established in 1996 as a merit-based talent award and has since then awarded more than $2 million and 300 scholarships to fashion design students from more than 22 invited leading American colleges and universities. VCUarts is a member of this distinguished group of top participating U.S. fashion design schools.

The CFDA is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962, whose membership consists of 477 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. Its mission is to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy.