Council of Fashion Designers of America
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), founded in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert, , is a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers. As of 2009, Diane von Fürstenberg is the group's President and Steven Kolb is the Chief Executive Officer. The organization's mission is: To further the position of fashion design as a recognized branch of American art and culture; To advance artistic and professional standards within the fashion industry; To establish and maintain a code of ethics and practices of mutual benefit in professional, public, and trade relations; To promote and improve public understanding and appreciation of the fashion arts through leadership in quality and taste; To create partnerships which lead to collaborative design opportunities for our Members; To support the overall growth of American fashion as a global industry.
In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization is committed to the development of future designers. Its educational Initiatives provide support and resources for students at the high school, collegiate and post-graduate levels including the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship and the Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship. In addition, it supports working designers in the early stages and throughout their careers through the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the [Fashion Incubator] and supports entire membership with the Business Service Network (BSN). Through the CFDA Foundation, it mobilizes its membership to support important charitable causes: Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, The CFDA Health initiative, The CFDA-Vogue Initiative for HIV and AIDS (7th on Sale), Fashion for America, Fashion for Haiti, Fashion for Japan and Fashion for Sandy Relief.
The CFDA has published 8 books. They are: American Fashion, American Fashion Accesories, American Fashion Menswear, American Fashion Home,American Fashion Cookbook, Geoffrrey Beene: an American Fashion Rebel, American Travel and IMPACT: Fifty Years of the Council of Fashion Designerd of America.
The CFDA Fashion Awards , which honors excellence in fashion design, is often called "the Oscars of fashion." Nominations are submitted by CFDA members and by select fashion publications, retailers, and stylists. Award winners are voted on and announced at an annual gala event held at Lincoln Center in New York City]. In 2011 the event was broadcast on style.com.
This is a selected list of winners. Winners in other categories, winners in past years, and nominees can be found at the CFDA Website.
The CFDA is also known for its numerous collaborations that help to further the careers of its members. In 2012 the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists each created capsule collections with J. Crew. The finalists were Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, and Creatures of the Wind. The 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Monique Péan, Patrik Ervell, and Sophie Theallet teamed up with the Gap.
In celebration of the organization's 50th Anniversary Target and Neiman Marcus teamed up with 24 CFDA members to create a special holiday collection that was available at both retailers.
- Style.com 2006 CFDA coverage. Style.com
- CFDA website
- Some years, a single emerging talent award is given for ready-to-wear. Other years, one emerging talent award is given for menswear and another for womenswear.