CFDA MAKING GOOD ON THEIR PROMISE TO DIVERSIFY
By Awa Gueye
September 11, 2019
In the age of social media, the plethora of racist fuck-ups by prominent fashion brands finally have consequences. It’s a tale as old as time: Black person is born, grows up, minds their own business, super white fashion brand creates a noose or minstrel character as “high fashion,” brand says sorry and thrives on extra press, repeat.
Thanks to the bold persistent voices who demand change, the fashion industry has been forced to reflect. They’ve finally come to the understanding that if diversity was required in all aspects of the fashion world, the chances to offend would decrease and the opportunity for exciting perspectives would increase.
In an effort to keep good on their promise, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) led by Tom Ford have made some diverse additions to their board of directors. Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, Louis Vuitton and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh, and eponymous designer Carly Cushnie join the impressive group that includes members like Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg to name a few.