We are extremely proud to announce the first annual CHOICE Scholarship. The Art Institute of Portland, just around the corner from our downtown shop, is a pillar in the community of burgeoning artists. When we decided we wanted to create a scholarship, there was no question where we would go.
The scholarship is a design competition for fashion students who are interested in the bridal industry. They will submit three designs to a board of judges based on the theme “Portland Architecture.” Once the winner is chosen, AniA will purchase the supplies to make the gown and facilitate mentoring with our own Jennifer Phillips, owner of “Nicole Couture” bridal gowns and alterations.
The winner of the design competition will also receive $500 in tuition costs and $500 towards the fabric store of their choice. The gown will live at AniA Collection Couture Bridal Boutique for a period of time as a sample piece. The winner will also receive professional photos of the gown from a photoshoot.
Last, but certainly not least, the gown will be revealed at the CHOICE event in April at the Portland Art Museum as the grand finale! The winner of the scholarship will also receive footage of the runway show and professional photos of the event.
We are so excited to see the results of the competition! Get going, AI students!