This week the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) introduced their new black advisory board.
As part of CFDA's mission to bring racial equality to fashion, Tracy Reese and Bonnie Morrison have been tapped to lead key efforts. Learn more!https://t.co/pk2N2zVjCz
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Led by the CFDA President CaSandra Diggs, the board strives to counter the systematic racism and racial inequity in fashion. The appalling events which occurred in 2020 regarding racial injustice sent a shock wave around the entire world, bringing attention to the need for inclusion and diversity in many industries. The fashion industry has slowly but surely been transforming this past year – creating more opportunities for black creatives and professionals. The CFDA seems to be following this endeavor, which is another tremendous step forward in the American fashion industry.
“In June, we outlined specific initiatives with the goal of bringing an end to racial injustice in the fashion industry,” said Tom Ford, Chairman of the CFDA Board of Directors. “The organization has put in place a structure to execute this strategy and we are firmly committed to creating systematic change in our industry that will empower the critical voices that need to be heard.”
Along with the committee being structured by Diggs, the advisory board is chaired by Executive Board Vice Chairwoman Tracy Reese. Board members include the following; Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Samira Nasr, Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, Fashion Tech Connects Co-founder Stacie Henderson, and CFDA member & Co-founder of The Punctilious Mr. P’s Place Cards Company Martin Cooper.
“We are bringing together an impressive group of esteemed industry colleagues to collectively help us build a framework for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in fashion,” Diggs said
The CFDA also announced that Bonnie Morrison, recent founder of the Morrison Strategy Partners consultancy, will join in a newly established role to “lead the strategy and execution of CFDA equity program initiatives with the goal of building opportunities for Black creatives and professionals in fashion.”
“These fundamental changes to the organization allow us to bring important perspectives to the fashion industry,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said. “They will play an instrumental role in our efforts to transform the fashion system and make it more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.”