Amsale Aspire

Creating new paths to diversity in the fashion and creative industries.

Amsale Aberra, who immigrated at age 19 from Ethiopia, parlayed her talent, drive, and FIT education into a global fashion brand. The first Black female designer elected to the CFDA, Amsale is recognized as the inventor of the modern wedding dress.

Galvanized by her inspiring personal story, AMSALE and FIT have created Amsale Aspire – an initiative dedicated to defeating systemic racism in the fashion industry by creating resilient pathways for Black students to develop transformative entrepreneurial skills to build successful businesses and eminent careers.

In addition to providing scholarships to aspiring students, the Amsale Aspire initiative will include mentorships and apprenticeships, as well as career advice, entrepreneurship coaching, and job placement.


FIT GALA - April, 13 - Debra Martin Chase Honoree

On April 13, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will honor Debra Martin Chase at its annual gala. One of the goals of the gala for both FIT and Debra, as a member of the Amsale Aspire Ambassadors Circle, is to raise awareness and financial support for Amsale Aspire, an FIT Foundation program to continue the legacy of fashion pioneer Amsale Aberra by helping Black students develop transformative entrepreneurial and executive skills to build successful businesses and careers.

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We hope that you will join us on April 13 to support this exciting initiative to bring racial equity to the fashion industry. For inquiries, please contact

If you would like to learn more about the scholarships or to partner with us in the funding of this program, please contact