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  • 1962
    1962
    The CFDA was founded by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert with 20 American designers, including: Donald Brooks, Luis Estévez, Norman Norell, Arnold Scaasi, Adele Simpson, and Pauline Trigére
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  • 1963
    1963
    The CFDA presented "American Pageant of Fashion and the Arts"
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  • 1963
    1963
    Anne Klein became the head of her own fashion house and pioneered the trend for coordinated separates
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  • 1963
    1963
    Sydney Wragge was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1963
    1963
    Geoffrey Beene launched his eponymous label
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  • 1964
    1964
    Rudi Gernreich designed his legendary topless swimsuit and sold 3,000
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  • 1964
    1964
    The CFDA sponsored the first televised fashion show
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  • 1965
    1965
    Norman Norell was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1965
    1965
    Donald Brooks opened his own company
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  • 1965
    1965
    Oscar de la Renta, a designer at Jane Derby, took over the firm upon Derby's death
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  • 1965
    1965
    Betsey Johnson became the designer at Paraphernalia and led the American boutique movement
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  • 1966
    1966
    The CFDA hosted a panel discussion called "Fashion and Costume in Relation to the National Council on the Arts"
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  • 1967
    1967
    Bill Blass took over Maurice Rentner, the firm where he was employed as a womenswear designer, and launched his menswear line that same year
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  • 1967
    1967
    Ralph Lauren launched his necktie company and named it Polo. It grew to become one of the largest and most celebrated fashion companies in the world
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  • 1968
    1968
    Urban Project scholarships were awarded by the CFDA to disadvantaged youth
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  • 1968
    1968
    Halston ended his stint as Bergdorf Goodman's in-house designer and launched his own company. He became a fashion celebrity and a leader of the understated, luxe fashions that epitomized the 1970's
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  • 1968
    1968
    Calvin Klein opened his coat business. His minimalist style would lead fashion and earn him the nickname "Mr. Clean"
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  • 1969
    1969
    Stephen Burrows became the in-house designer for Henri Bendel, where he had a boutique called Stephen Burrows' World
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  • 1972
    1972
    Halston debuted his best-selling ultra suede shirtwaist dress
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  • 1973
    1973
    Diane von Furstenberg debuted the wrap dress
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  • 1973
    1973
    CFDA designers including Halston, Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows and Oscar de la Renta upstaged French designers at what is now known as "The Battle Versailles"
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  • 1973
    1973
    The CFDA officially became two organizations with the creation of the CFDA Foundation
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  • 1973
    1973
    Oscar de la Renta was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1975
    1975
    Mary McFadden patented her hallmark pleated fabric and became president of her own design firm the following year
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  • 1976
    1976
    Diane von Furstenberg appeared on the cover of Newsweek
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  • 1976
    1976
    Industry veteran Liz Claiborne opened her own business with her husband Art Ortenberg
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  • 1977
    1977
    Herbert Kasper was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1980
    1980
    The first annual CFDA Fashion Awards were held to honor top design talent
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  • 1980
    1980
    Bill Blass was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1980
    1980
    Perry Ellis launched his own line after pioneering neo-preppy styles since 1967
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  • 1980
    1980
    Norma Kamali debuted a collection of separates made from sweatshirt fabric
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  • 1981
    1981
    First Lady Nancy Reagan wore a lavishly beaded gown by James Galanos to the inaugural ball
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  • 1981
    1981
    Michael Kors launched a womenswear line
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  • 1982
    1982
    Mary McFadden was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1984
    1984
    Perry Ellis was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1984
    1984
    Carolyne Roehm started her own company
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  • 1985
    1985
    CFDA hired its first staff member and established an office
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  • 1985
    1985
    Donna Karan, formerly of Anne Klein, presented her first collection
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  • 1986
    1986
    A scholarship program was established at Parsons School of Design in memory of Perry Ellis
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  • 1987
    1987
    Oscar de la Renta began his 2nd term as president of the CFDA
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  • 1989
    1989
    Carolyne Roehm was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1990
    1990
    7th On Sale was created and raised $4.2 million for the New York City AIDS Fund. There would be four 7th on Sales in total raising over $25 million for HIV and AIDS services
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  • 1990
    1990
    Vera Wang opened her flagship bridal salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City
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  • 1991
    1991
    Stan Herman was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 1992
    1992
    Marc Jacobs presented his now infamous grunge collection while working at Perry Ellis
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  • 1993
    1993
    Under Stan Herman's presidency, the CFDA centralized the fashion shows in Bryant Park with the creation of 7th on 6th
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  • 1993
    1993
    Marc Jacobs launched his company with his business partner Robert Duffy
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  • 1993
    1993
    Oscar de la Renta became the chief designer for the haute couture house of Balmain. He was the first American since Mainbocher to work as a couturier in Paris. He would remain at the Balmain helm for a decade
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  • 1994
    1994
    Fashion Targets Breast Cancer was created by Ralph Lauren and the CFDA to raise funds for breast cancer
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  • 1996
    1996
    The CFDA began awarding scholarships to design students
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  • 1996
    1996
    CFDA members supported Concept:Cure by creating one-of-a-kind versions of General Motors' vehicles. Proceeds went to the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research.
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  • 1996
    1996
    Carolyn Bessette Kennedy wore a custom-made gown by Narciso Rodriguez to her wedding
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  • 1997
    1997
    Marc Jacobs was appointed creative director of the French firm Louis Vuitton. He designed the company's first ready-to-wear clothing line
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  • 1997
    1997
    Michael Kors was named the first ever women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director for the French fashion house Céline
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  • 1997
    1997
    Designers from the CFDA created their versions of suits for Santa and Mrs. Claus that were shown at the Pageant of Peace at the White House hosted by First Lady Hillary Clinton
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  • 1998
    1998
    The Target/CFDA Design Initiative was created
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  • 2001
    2001
    Swarovski became the official sponsor of the CFDA Fashion Awards
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  • 2001
    2001
    The Perry Ellis Award was renamed the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent
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  • 2001
    2001
    Menswear designer Thom Browne launched his own label. His fitted, shrunken silhouette made him the leader of the avant garde menswear movement in America and abroad
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  • 2001
    2001
    CFDA sold 7th on 6th to International Management Group
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  • 2001
    2001
    The CFDA, in partnership with Vogue, created "Fashion for America" to raise funds for relief efforts after the events of 9/11
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  • 2002
    2002
    Ralph Rucci became the first American designer in more than 60 years to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to present his collection
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  • 2004
    2004
    The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was created under the leadership of Anna Wintour. The inaugural winners were Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler
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  • 2005
    2005
    Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, announced the creation of his company
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  • 2005
    2005
    Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy launched their line, Rodarte. Their delicate, hand-crafted fashions lead the demi-couture trend in America
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  • 2006
    2006
    CFDA began lobbying efforts for design protection
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  • 2006
    2006
    Diane von Furstenberg was elected president of the CFDA
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  • 2007
    2007
    The Clara Hancox Scholarship Fund was established to support the next generation of menswear designers
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  • 2007
    2007
    The CFDA's Business Services Network was established for corporate members
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  • 2007
    2007
    The Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award was established with a $2.5 million endowment from the Geoffrey Beene Foundation
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  • 2007
    2007
    The CFDA partnered with Teen Vogue and Target to create the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship
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  • 2007
    2007
    The CFDA Health Initiative was created to address the overwhelming concern about the health of models
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  • 2007
    2007
    The CFDA released its first book "American Fashion", published by Assouline
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  • 2008
    2008
    Fashion's Night Out was launched with Vogue Magazine and NYC & Co. to stimulate the economy through shopping
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  • 2009
    2009
    GQ established the Best New Menswear Designers in America project in partnership with the CFDA
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  • 2009
    2009
    First Lady Michelle Obama wore a uniquely colored ensemble called lemongrass designed by Isabel Toledo to her husband's inauguration. She donned white embroidered dress by Jason Wu to the inaugural ball
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  • 2009
    2009
    "American Fashion Menswear" was published by Assouline
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  • 2009
    2009
    "American Fashion Accessories" published by Assouline
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  • 2009
    2009
    "American Fashion Cookbook" published by Assouline
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  • 2009
    2009
    The Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship Award was established by Art Ortenberg with a $1 million endowment
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  • 2009
    2009
    Fordham Law School and the CFDA announced the launch of the Fashion Law Institute
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  • 2009
    2009
    Design Trust partnered with the CFDA on Made in Midtown, a study of the future of the garment district
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  • 2009
    2009
    This year marked the 15th anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, which is currently in 11 countries
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  • 2010
    2010
    Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch and Theory's Andrew Rosen presented President Clinton with a check for $1 million for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Funds were raised by selling "Fashion for Haiti" t-shirts
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  • 2010
    2010
    The CFDA worked with The City of New York and IMG to relocate New York Fashion Week to Lincoln Center
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  • 2010
    2010
    The CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} was founded in partnership with Mayor Bloomberg's NYCEDC and Newmark Knight Frank. Target became the lead underwriter
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  • 2010
    2010
    "American Fashion Home" was published by Assouline
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  • 2010
    2010
    Reed Krakoff, president and executive creative director of Coach, launches his own eponymous label during New York Fashion Week
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  • 2011
    2011
    "Fashion and Friends for Japan" online auction raised $400,000 for the Japan Society's relief efforts following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
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  • 2011
    2011
    "American Fashion Travel" published by Assouline
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  • 2011
    2011
    Ten CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers showed in Paris as part of the "Americans in Paris" initiative
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  • 2011
    2011
    NYU Stern School of Business partnered with the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} to connect MBA students with emerging designers
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  • 2011
    2011
    "Stars of American Fashion" campaign was launched. The campaign created an endowment for the CFDA
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  • 2012
    2012
    CFDA celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an exhibition IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA at the Museum at FIT and a companion book by the same name, published by Abrams
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  • 2012
    2012
    On February 9, 2012 Mayor Bloomberg issued a proclamation honoring the CFDA’s 50th Anniversary and proclaiming February 9th to be "Council of Fashion Designers of America" day
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  • 2012
    2012
    For the first time ever, the CFDA Fashion Awards were digitally broadcast on style.com.
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  • 2012
    2012
    The second class of designers moved into the CFDA Fashion Incubator.
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  • 2012
    2012
    The CFDA moved offices to 65 Bleecker Street.
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  • 2012
    2012
    Fashion Targets Breast Cancer launched the Karolina Kurkova campaign and the new international t-shirt. The initiative has raised $50 million to date.
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  • 2012
    2012
    The CFDA welcomed 26 new members at a party at the CFDA's new offices, making the total membership 426.
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  • 2012
    2012
    In celebration of CFDA's 50 years, WWD honored the accomplishments and impact that the CFDA has had on the fashion industry with a special WWD Milestone section.
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  • 2012
    2012
    The CFDA redesigned the Design Manifesto poster and journal that is distributed as part of a mission to fight design counterfeiting. The design has been updated by Box and features a graphic that emulates thread going through a needle.
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  • 2012
    2012
    Target & Neiman Marcus launched an unprecedented collaboration. 24 CFDA designers designed over 50 gifts to be sold at both retailers. In honor of the collaboration and to celebrate the CFDA's 50th Anniversary, the retailers donated 1 million dollars to the CFDA Foundation.
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  • 2012
    2012
    Alexander Wang succeeds Nicolas Ghesquiere as the Creative Director of Balenciaga.
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