By  on November 10, 2009

NEW YORK — When people mention the Polo Fashion School, it’s typically in reference to the many designers who passed through the company before launching their own successful careers. For the past five years, however, it’s also been the name of an annual Polo Ralph Lauren program in which company executives work with inner-city youth to offer insights into the fashion business.

The fruits of the most recent initiative will be on display at tonight’s Emery Awards at Cipriani Wall Street, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Hetrick-Martin Institute. In its most recent run, the Polo Fashion School worked with 10 students from Hetrick-Martin’s Harvey Milk School here, and the gala will feature a documentary about the yearlong experience, as well as the four gowns created by the students as part of the program.

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