Council of Fashion Designers of America

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over 350 of America’s foremost fashion and accessory designers. As of 2009, Diane von Fürstenberg is the group's President and Steven Kolb is the Executive Director. Founded in 1962, the CFDA continues to advance the status of fashion design as a branch of American art and culture; to raise its artistic and professional standards; to define a code of ethical practices of mutual benefit in public and trade relations; and, to promote appreciation of the fashion arts through leadership in quality and aesthetic discernment.

In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization is committed to nurturing the development of the American fashion industry’s future designers. The CFDA’s Educational Initiatives provide support and resources for students at the high school, collegiate and post-graduate levels. In addition, CFDA supports working designers in the early stages and throughout their careers. Among those efforts include the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Business of Fashion and the Business Service Network (BSN). The CFDA, through the CFDA Foundation, Inc., mobilizes its membership to support important charitable causes: Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, The CFDA Health initiative and The CFDA-Vogue Initiative for HIV and AIDS (7th on Sale).



The CFDA's annual awards ceremony, which honors excellence in fashion design, is often called "the Oscars of fashion."[1] Nominations are submitted by CFDA members and by select fashion publications, retailers, and stylists.[2] Award winners are voted on and announced at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards gala event.[2] The CFDA Awards gala are held at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Past winners[2]

This is a selected list of winners. Winners in other categories, winners in past years, and nominees can be found at the CFDA Website.

Year Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award Womenswear Award Menswear Award Emerging Talent Award
for Ready-to-Wear[3]
International Award
2011 Marc Jacobs Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler Michael Bastian Prabal Gurung (womenswear); Robert Geller (menswear); Eddie Borgo (accessories) Phoebe Philo
( France) for Céline
2010 Michael Kors Marc Jacobs Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone Jason Wu (womenswear); Richard Chai (menswear); Alexander Wang (accessories) Christopher Bailey
( Great Britain) for Burberry
2009 Anna Sui Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection Alexander Wang (womenswear); Tim Hamilton (menswear); Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry (accessories) Marc Jacobs
( United States)
for Louis Vuitton
2008 Carolina Herrera Francisco Costa
for Calvin Klein
Tom Ford Kate and Laura Mulleavy Rodarte (w); Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders (m); Philip Crangi (a) Dries van Noten
( Belgium)
2007 Robert Lee Morris Oscar de la Renta, and Lazaro Hernandez &
Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler
Ralph Lauren Phillip Lim (womenswear)
and David Neville & Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone
Pierre Cardin
( Italy)
2006 Stan Herman Francisco Costa
for Calvin Klein
Thom Browne Doo-Ri Chung (womenswear)
and Jeff Halmos, Josia Lamberto-Egan,
Sam Shipley, & John Whitledge
for Trovata (menswear)
Olivier Theyskens
( Belgium)
for Rochas
2005 Diane von Furstenberg Vera Wang John Varvatos Derek Lam (womenswear) and
Alexandre Plokhov for Cloak (menswear)
Alber Elbaz
( Israel)
for Lanvin
2004 Donna Karan Carolina Herrera Sean Combs
for Sean John
Zac Posen Miuccia Prada
( Italy)
2003 Anna Wintour Narciso Rodriguez Michael Kors Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough
for Proenza Schouler
Alexander McQueen
( Great Britain)
2002 Karl Lagerfield Narciso Rodriguez Marc Jacobs Rick Owens Hedi Slimane
( France)
for Dior Homme
2001 Calvin Klein Tom Ford John Varvatos Daphne Gutierrez and Nicole Noselli
for Bruce (womenswear) and
William Reid (menswear)
Nicolas Ghesquiere
( France) for Balenciaga
2000 Valentino Oscar de la Renta Helmut Lang Miguel Adrover (womenswear) and
John Varvatos (menswear)
Jean-Paul Gaultier
( France)
1999 Yves Saint Laurent Michael Kors Calvin Klein Yohji Yamamoto
( Japan)
1997 Geoffrey Beene Marc Jacobs John Bartlett John Galliano
( Great Britain) for Dior
1991 Ralph Lauren Isaac Mizrahi Roger Forsythe Karl Lagerfeld
( Germany) for Chanel
1990 Martha Graham Donna Karan Joseph Abboud
1989 Oscar de la Renta Isaac Mizrahi Joseph Abboud
1988 Nancy Reagan Bill Robinson
1987 Giorgio Armani Ronaldus Shamask Marc Jacobs
1986 Bill Blass
1985 Katharine Hepburn
1984 James Galanos


  1. ^ 2006 CFDA coverage.
  2. ^ a b c CFDA website
  3. ^ 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.

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