Solange will be honored at the 70th annual Parsons Benefit. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will join the previously disclosed honorees Jose Neves, founder and CEO of Farfetch and Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci.
Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons School of Design said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be honoring Solange for her notable contributions to the music and fashion industries, and Gucci and Farfetch for their deep commitment to fostering innovative and inclusive design.” He continued, “Parsons was founded upon the idea that design can change the world, and our honorees are creating positive change that will impact the industry for years to come.”
The 31-year-old visual artist used her platform to advocate for representation and justice. Her album A Seat at the Table provided empowering political messages for women of color. In honor of its production, Solange performed at the Guggenheim Museum, had an installation at London’s Tate Modern Museum helping to solidify her mark of activism and visual art.
The Parsons Benefit will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Pier Sixty in New York City. The gala benefit chair is Julie Gilhart and co-chair Susan Rockefeller. It will feature a show displaying the work of some graduating Parsons BFA Fashion Design students and performances by students from the College of Performing Arts.
Solange was also named Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and Havard University’s 2018 Artist of the Year.
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