CFDA - Council of Fashion Designers of America USA
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The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a non-profit trade association. It was founded in 1962 and consists of a membership of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. The mission of the CFDA is to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy. The CFDA owns and organizes the Fashion Calendar and official New York Fashion Week schedule.
The CFDA dedicates its effort to supporting the growth of the American fashion industry. It supports all phases of the designer lifecycle, including student, graduate, early emerging, and established professional. Fashion students can receive CFDA’s support by applying for one of various scholarships. American fashion designers are supported by the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, fashion shows (i.e. New York Fashion Week) that are hosted by the CFDA, as well as other programs organized by the CFDA. These initiatives provide fashion designers with relevant access to information, resources, micro-funding, industry exposure, mentorship, and education. This helps fashion professionals operate their businesses more effectively, while also helping them gain valuable insights and develop strategies for growth. contact: