The Council of Fashion Designers of America and its chairman Tom Ford have welcomed four new members to the board of directors: Virgil Abloh, Maria Cornejo, Kerby Jean-Raymond and Carly Cushnie.
As Ford became chairman earlier this year, it’s notable that all new members are people of color — perhaps Ford’s attempt to diversify the board after backlash over its lack of said diversity.
“I’m rearranging the board so that it is more diverse in age and more diverse in every way,” Ford said to WWD. “Lots of people voiced a concern that the board, and the CFDA, was not diverse enough.”
The members join existing board members Tracy Reese (vice-chairwoman), Vera Wang (secretary), Stan Herman (treasurer), Stacey Bendet, Dao-Yi Chow, Prabal Gurung, Tommy Hilfiger, Norma Kamali, Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, Ralph Lauren, Ashley Olsen, Italo Zucchelli, and Diane von Furstenberg.
And with the new arrivals comes the departure of Kara Ross — though, as Ford shared to WWD — this is not about her planning and co-hosting a fundraiser in the Hamptons for President Trump with her husband, Stephen Ross. Also leaving are Georgina Chapman, Marcus Wainwright and Mimi So.
Additionally, Ford created an advisory board featuring experts in the fields of art, entertainment, media, and contemporary culture in general. Serving on the advisory board to the chairman of the CFDA are John Demsey, Nina Garcia, Bethann Hardison, Bryan Lourd, Elizabeth Saltzman, Virginia Smith, Will Welch and Daniella Vitale.