NEW YORK — Fashion Calendar creator Ruth Finley will be honored by the High School of Fashion Industries here on May 21.
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The school at 225 West 24th Street will present Finley with a Salute to Ruth lifetime achievement award. Diane von Furstenberg will serve as the honorary chairwoman for the event.
“Ruth is quite the icon and she has been connected with our students for many years, opening a lot of doors for them in the industry,” said principal Hilda Nieto. “She is very connected to the industry and has such an amazing life story. I couldn’t think of a better honoree.”
Besides her achievements in the industry, Finley, who started the biweekly listing of fashion industry events in 1941, has been chairwoman of the New York City chapter of Citymeals-on-Wheels for 25 years and has raised more than $1.2 million for the organization.
Tickets for the event, which go on sale in April, will be $82 (for the 82 years the school has been open). The event will also showcase students’ year-end fashion achievements in the annual fashion show, a presentation of senior projects. HSFI students will wear the designs and will train and rehearse with industry experts.