Diane von Furstenberg's term as president extended by CFDA
CFDA’s membership increased to 478 also
The CFDA has voted to extend Diane von Furstenberg's term as president through to 2016, as well as adding an addition 30 designers to the membership. This brings the CFDA's membership total to 478 and it was also announced that Kenneth Cole will fete the 30 new designers awarded membership at his home this autumn.
"These designers are not just uniquely talented, but they also represent, through their businesses, an important contribution to the American economy and job creation," said CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb.
During her role so far von Furstenberg has significantly grown the CFDA membership, which, at the start of 2006, was at 271. She has also been instrumental in increasing the networking potential by launching the Business Services Network in 2007. The designer and CFDA president has also shone a light on important industry issues such as the need to protect original design and fight counterfeits, along with the health of models via the Health Initiative, which she reinforces each fashion week season.
Speaking of DvF's presidential role – which she first started back in 2006, Kolb added: "The board's unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is a testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership.
"An additional two years will make it a decade of Diane with the time spent on strengthening the board and organisational development."