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Diversity Wins: CFDA Announces The Most Diverse Fashion Awards Winners In Its History

Diversity Wins: CFDA Announces The Most Diverse Fashion Awards Winners In Its History


The 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards, organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America annually, have been announced. The 2020 CFDA Awards were originally scheduled for June 8; however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards show was delayed indefinitely.

Going along with the start of New York Fashion Week, the CFDA has announced the winners of its 2020 Fashion Awards. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the trade association did without a glamorous awards ceremony and instead unveiled the names of the winning designers on its new digital RUNWAY360 platform. Famous designer Tom Ford, head of the organization, announced the results in a video format.

Though this year’s nominees were overwhelmingly white, with only six Black and Indigenous people of color nominated of the thirty nominees, Black designers — Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Telfar Clemens of Telfar, and Christopher John Rogers—took home prizes in half the award categories, which is the most number of awards that have gone out to Black and Indigenous people of color since the conception of the awards 39 years ago.

Jean-Raymond won Menswear Designer of the Year, while Clemens was awarded Accessories Designer of the Year for Telfar’s logo bags, which have become a cultural phenomenon. Rogers, who snagged the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2019, secured Emerging Designer of the Year. The remaining winners include Gabriela Hearst for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino for International Women’s Designer of the Year, and Kim Jones of Dior for Global Men’s Designer of the Year.

The number of award categories was also reduced from 11 to 6, with the CFDA 2020 focusing solely on designers rather than models or other industry figures. Speaking on why they did this, chairman Tom Ford said: “Not having a gala allows us to focus on supporting designers during the global pandemic and redirecting our efforts towards scholarships and bringing racial equity to fashion.”

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