Eileen West, industry icon, famed designer and Femmy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, died in September of 2017 after a brief illness.
Eileen possessed that rare combination of insight, intelligence and genuine humility. Her positive energy and thoughtful, kind, generous spirit infused her life and work.
Best known for her distinctive sleepwear collections, Eileen reintroduced all-natural gowns and robes to the American market in the 1970s. “In the heyday of polyester and nylon, she offered the natural alternatives of cotton, silk and rayon, a proposition buyers initially scoffed at,” recalled Laney Thornton, her longtime business partner and co-founder of the Eileen West brand.
A memorial scholarship fund in her name was established in 2018, made possible through the generous contributions of Eileen’s many industry friends, most notably KOMAR and the Laney Thornton Foundation. The Underfashion Club is honored to have been chosen to administer the fund that bears her name; and will keep her memory alive by providing much needed financial support to the most deserving of intimate apparel student for many years to come.
Information on the first Eileen West Memorial Scholarship recipient will be posted shortly.