If CFDA Finalists Are 'The Future', Why Are None Of Them Actively Ethical?

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 years ago | News

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Last week Vogue announced the ten finalists of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. These designers are considered to be the 'future' of American (and international) fashion. They are carefully selected each year by a panel of judges, which includes Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Eva Chen, and Joseph Altuzarra. If these designers are supposed to represent the future, though, then why are none of the 2018 finalists actively ethical?

“This year’s ten finalists will more than ably follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them,” said Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Artistic Director of Condé Nast. “They’re not only talented, they’re engaged with a rapidly changing world, reflecting a whole new set of values and beliefs about what fashion can and should be.” The designers to which Wintour is referring here include: Batsheva, Bode, Christian Cowan, Hunting Season, Jonathan Cohen, Luar, Matthew Adams Dolan, Pyer Moss, Rebecca de Ravenel and Scosha. None of whom claim to be actively ethical.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is a fantastic initiative, because it allows emerging talent to receive much-need guidance and mentorship from some of the industry’s most seasoned professionals. And a key focus for this mentorship is balancing creativity with commerce, in order to build sustainable businesses over the long-term. It seems disappointing, then, that the question of true sustainability – or ethics at all, for that matter – seems to have gone largely ignored in this particular incubator program. Hopefully the future of fashion is more progressive than this.


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