The Art of Elysium Creates Award in Memory of L’Wren Scott

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The Art of Elysium is honoring the memory of late fashion designer L’Wren Scott by creating an award in her name.

The non-profit organization has dubbed their new accolade the L’Wren Scott Amber Award. It will be part of their Elysium Collections program, which will honor both the late fashion designer who reportedly and tragically committed suicide last Monday, and Amber, one of the very first children The Art of Elysium ever worked with; the latter was diagnosed with a brain tumor at eight years old and has spent much of her life in and out of the hospital. The fashion workshops have represented a valued relief for her.

To founder Jennifer Howell, combining L’Wren Scott and Amber’s names for this award, The Art of Elysium symbolically connects the artistic side of its mission with the special children that the organization pledges to serve.

The L’Wren Scott Amber Award will be given to emerging fashion designers and will give them the ability to donate their time and talents to hospitalized children and the opportunity to create a small line of clothing that will benefit Elysium Collections.

Said Howell: “This award has been in development under the name “Amber Award” for the past six months.  In honor of L’Wren’s creative talent and her contribution to the fashion world, we wanted to turn this annual award into The L’Wren Scott Amber Award.  By joining L’Wren’s name with Amber’s name, we have illustrated the full circle of The Art of Elysium.  The full circle is the belief that we begin with an artist, share their talent with the special children we are privileged to work with and during this creative exchange both the artist and child are forever changed.”

The Art of Elysium, which was founded in 1997, encourages actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling various medical conditions.

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