Tom Ford will soon end his presidency of the CFDAthe American designer was appointed president of the CFDA in June 2019. On May 31, the designer ends his three-year term.
If you’re in the fashion industry, you probably know the importance of the CFDA – The Council of Fashion Designers of America. This non-profit organization was founded in 1962 to promote American fashion designers to the world, but also to help them establish a presence in the United States. Today, the organization has 477 members, mostly fashion designers working in women’s fashion, men’s fashion, jewelry design and accessory design. The organization operates alongside the CFDA Foundation, Inc., a separate non-profit organization established to raise funds for charitable and industry operations.
The CFDA sets the fashion calendar focused on New York Fashion Week, but also hosts the annual CFDA Fashion Awards.
Ford was the president of the CFDA during the incredibly difficult time for the fashion industry, still holding a grip on creatives in the United States and around the world. After Ford’s term ends, CFDA CEO Steven Kolb will serve as interim chairman until Dec. 31, 2022. In addition, current board leaders – Vice Chair Tracy Reese, Secretary Vera Wang, Treasurer Stan Herman – will remain in office at the end of 2022.
“When I began my role as President in June 2019, my goal was to help the American fashion industry become more globally recognized for its talent and significance. I could not have imagined the extraordinary circumstances the industry and the world would have to navigate – that a pandemic would shut down the world and forever change the course of our lives and businesses. The pandemic has challenged us all to think about our businesses in new ways – from the design and production process to how we reach and talk to our customers. We were forced to find creative new ways to run our businesses,» shares Tom Ford
Tory Burch, Thom Browne and Aurora James are unanimously elected effective June 1 and are part of the board set to select the new president. The Board will vote on a new Chair in the fall to start in January in alignment with CFDA’s fiscal calendar.
“Some may think that fashion is just about making beautiful clothes and accessories or putting on shows, dressing celebrities and throwing parties without considering the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, or that the he fashion industry is a $3 trillion industry that employs millions of people. of individuals,adds Tom Ford.
Ford comes after a striking line of predecessors such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de La Renta, Bill Blass and Carolyne Roehm to name a few. Tom Ford was originally slated to serve as CFDA president for two years, with a one-year extension. The president of the CFDA generally holds the position for a period of 2 to 4 years.
“The CFDA and its Board of Directors thank Tom Ford for his leadership on behalf of the American fashion industry during an unprecedented time, Tom has launched several key initiatives, to which the CFDA remains firmly committed.» the CEO of the CFDA steven kolb share with the press.
Ford’s tenure at the CFDA brought a series of necessary changes, aimed at advancing both US and global fashion industry initiatives. Ford began diversifying the CFDA board and helped launch several new programs working on much-needed inclusion and equity in the fashion industry. One of the initiatives is the CFDA IMPACT created to form connections of talent looking to partner with brands to provide opportunities for hundreds of jobs and a wealth of mentorship options within the industry.
Some may think that fashion is just about making beautiful clothes and accessories or putting on shows, dressing celebrities and throwing parties without considering the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, or that the he fashion industry is a $3 trillion industry that employs millions of people. individuals
Along with VOGUE, Tom Ford was key to starting the A Common Thread program which placed $5 million in emergency aid to struggling fashion businesses in the first two years of the global pandemic. Importantly, 79% of these funds were distributed to women in fashion and minority-owned businesses.
Ford also worked on a tighter schedule for New York Fashion Week, cutting the event down to five days. In addition, during the pandemic, the designer brought the idea of the American collections calendar. The same was intended to focus on designers outside of the New York area by including all US designers, regardless of when and where they exhibited.
Additionally, during the pandemic and the new aspect of digital fashion weeks, Ford worked with CFDA on the launch of RUNWAY360. The webpage serves the press and buyers during New York Fashion Week, continuing the effective side of digital fashion weeks. This provides quick access to collection images, notes and designer contacts for press and buyers.
Finally, Ford worked on doubling the CFDA scholarship fund to half a million dollars to help young fashion students.
“As President of the CFDA, I have been privileged to experience first-hand the remarkable determination and optimism that drives our industry. I’m honored to have been able to support the truly incredible talent of the American fashion industry over the past three years, and look forward to continuing in my role on the CFDA Board of Directors,concludes Tom Ford.