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 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.
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