On the heels of the naming of CaSandra Diggs as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the organization has revealed several strategic moves to expand the development of new programming to create opportunities for Black talent in fashion.
“In June, we outlined specific initiatives with the goal of bringing an end to racial injustice in the fashion industry,” said Tom Ford, chairman of the CFDA. “The organization has put in place a structure to execute this strategy and we are firmly committed to creating systematic change in our industry that will empower the critical voices that need to be heard.”
To that end, the CFDA has established a separate Black advisory board responsible for all of its efforts on inclusivity, diversity and equality. The new structure is led by Diggs, who reports to Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA. The board will be chaired by executive board vice chairwoman Tracy Reese and members include Samira Nasr, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar; Bozoma Saint John, chief marketing officer of Netflix; Stacie Henderson, co-founder of Fashion Technology Connects, and Martin Cooper, CFDA member.
In a newly created role, Bonnie Morrison will join the CFDA to lead the strategy and execution of its equity program initiatives with the goal of building opportunities for Black creatives and professionals in fashion. She will help support and execute initiatives including the newly created CFDA task force and talent placement program created for Black creatives and professionals in the industry. Most recently she founded the Morrison Strategy Partners consultancy. Earlier she held roles at Coach, Conde Nast, KCD and PR Consulting.
“We are bringing together an impressive group of esteemed industry colleagues to collectively help us build a framework for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in fashion,” said Diggs.
“These fundamental changes to the organization allow us to bring important perspectives to the fashion industry,” said Kolb. “They will play an instrumental role in our efforts to transform the fashion system and make it more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.”