This past year has been filled with much controversy due to President Trump’s talk of excluding immigrants. The fashion industry, however, could not be more opposed. A perfect symbol of its disagreement was the diversity that was shown at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on June 4th.
While the name of this widely recognized and prestigious event seems to suggest that it is solely focused on Americans, this is certainly not the case. As it turns out, the highest honours went to those who are not, in fact, American.
For example, Belgian designer Raf Simons won Womenswear Designer of the Year and Menswear Designer of the Year, British designer Stuart Vevers won the Accessories Designer of the Year, and California- born but Paris-based Rick Owens was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the group of nominees were even more diverse.
We commend the fashion industry for demonstrating that one’s work should be evaluated and celebrated based on its merit, rather than irrelevant factors such as the creator’s race and nationality. So, we hope that President Trump can recognize how much this industry would suffer if his administration does, in fact, follow through on some of the suggestions they have been throwing around. Fashion has no walls. Rather, it cherishes creativity, passion, and inclusivity.
Information gathered from The Fashion Law.