American designer Tom Ford has been announced as the next chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He succeeds incumbent chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg and will officially take over on January 1, 2020.
“I have had the privilege of being a member of the American Fashion community for many years and have experienced what the CFDA does for its members and the industry as a whole,” Ford said in a statement from the CFDA, “Having lived and worked in each of the global fashion capitals of the world, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to further the voice of American Fashion and its designers.”
Ford began his fashion career as a design assistant for Cathy Hardwick, moving on to become the Creative Director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before creating his own eponymous brand in 2005. He currently holds seven CFDA Fashion Awards including Menswear Designer of the Year, Womenswear Designer of the Year and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement.
“As the Chairman, I look forward to continuing the incredible work Diane has done over the last 13 years,” he added. “Diane is a true force and her contribution to the CFDA and to American fashion immeasurable. We all owe her a great deal.”
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