Yale University's Sankofa Group Presents - The Malcolm Harris Trailblazer Award

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The prestigious Yale University will name their annual Sankofa Trailblazer Award after New York based fashion designer, Malcolm Harris of Mal Sirrah, Inc. The Sankofa student group's Trailblazer Award will be renamed the - The Malcolm Harris Trailblazer Award - and will be given to this year's recipient, Tamara Leacock. Mr. Harris is well known in the fashion industry for his innovative and trailblazing efforts in synchronizing fashion, humanitarianism, and social consciousness.

The prestigious Yale University will name their annual Sankofa Trailblazer Award after New York based fashion designer, Malcolm Harris of Mal Sirrah, Inc. The Sankofa student group's Trailblazer Award will be renamed the - The Malcolm Harris Trailblazer Award - and will be given to this year's recipient, Tamara Leacock, during an award ceremony and fashion show to be held on April 20, 2007 in New Haven, Connecticut. Recipient Tamara Leacock is a junior majoring in International and Latin Studies with aspirations of pursuing a career in the fashion industry.

Mr. Harris is well known in the fashion industry for his innovative and trailblazing efforts in synchronizing fashion, humanitarianism, and social consciousness. This annual award will now be given to the Yale University student that epitomizes the mission statement of the Mal Sirrah brand: - With great personal luxury comes greater social responsibility. - The award is also accompanied by a summer internship and a one year mentorship provided by Malcolm Harris / Mal Sirrah, Inc. as well as key members within the fashion industry.

Yale University's Sankofa group is a creative collective of student fashion designers, models, and artists working together to expand the definition of global fashion beyond its traditional Western image. With such a tenet in mind, Sankofa creates fashion related events which raise funds on behalf of organizations committed to research and/or assistance in current health and social issues faced by communities around the world. Sankofa facilitates collaborations between charitable organizations and Yale students to showcase the talents of a sustainable fashion community.

Designer Malcolm Harris will also be presenting the - Fashion Trailblazer Award - to 16 year old modeling sensation Chanel Iman for displaying pride, grace, and style during her skyrocketing year culminating with her upcoming May Vogue cover unveiling the industry's top new models. Harris says, - I hope this experience will also encourage Chanel to include higher education in her list of career and personal goals.

Malcolm Harris is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as possesses a Master's Degree in English and American Literature. Mr. Harris first came to fashion industry prominence with a collaborative collection, Katsumi & Malcolm, and has been designing ready-to-wear and made-to-order fashion for more than 10 years. Mr. Harris recently unveiled his solo effort under the label Mal Sirrah and has quickly become one of the fashion industry's most sought after and publicized brands. Mr. Harris is also the founder of the one of the fashion industry's largest humanitarian organization, Designers For Darfur which he founded with model and philanthropist, Lydia Hearst.

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