Calling all fashion designers! Final days to apply for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are approaching.

Calling all fashion designers! Final days to apply for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are approaching.

If you watch our instastories, this will have definitely been on your radar. Applications for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have gone live for 2021 and there are still a few days to get those applications in.

A little backstory to this initiative, back in March of 2003, The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) was launched in response to the 9/11 tragedy and how the crisis directly impacted emerging talent. In March of 2020, as the pandemic hit the world, Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Tom Ford, as CFDA’s Chairman, decided to repurpose this initiative and turn it into a fundraiser to aid fashion businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Named ‘A Common Thread’, this fundraiser featured storytelling spearheaded by Vogue and in collaboration with the CFDA, with the goal to raise both awareness and needed funds for those in the American fashion community. The initiative was accompanied by a video series of stories featuring those in fashion whose careers and livelihoods were hanging in that balance by the crisis. The fund was not limited to former Fashion Fund participants or members of the CFDA and this proved to be a well-received as well as helpful platform to aid designers during these dramatically shifting times.


Tom Ford, CFDA Chairman, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour
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Today, this initiative is being reimagined yet again in response to ongoing struggles and evolving challenges that creatives in the industry are currently facing. On February 18, 2021, the CFDA and Vogue launched the reimagined format for the 2021 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. All ten finalists will receive funds and mentorship based on their designated areas of need. The application is open to emerging designers as well as past CVFF finalists and designer recipients of last year’s ‘A Common Thread’ funding.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund began in a time of crisis, and given where we are now it’s important that we continue to give back like never before,” said Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief and global editorial director, Vogue and global chief content officer, Condé Nast. “After last year’s A Common Thread initiative, we decided to rethink our seventeen-year fund to serve our designers in the best and strongest way possible.”


Designers still misplaced in the midst of the pandemic.
Photo by Andreas Weiss


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“Designers face enormous challenges and need significant support to navigate this time,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “We strongly felt that it was the right moment to evolve the Fashion Fund, provide funding and guidance to all ten finalists, and give them an equal opportunity to survive and ultimately thrive in our industry.”


Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA
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Additionally, Tom Ford, Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies and the 15% Pledge, and Sam Lobban, Senior Vice President, Designer & New Concepts, Nordstrom, have been named to the Selection Committee. They join returning judges Anna Wintour, Chioma Nnadi, and Mark Holgate of Vogue, Steven Kolb of CFDA, Eva Chen of Instagram, Roopal Patel of Saks Fifth Avenue, and model and activist Paloma Elsesser.


Pictured: 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Christopher John Rogers with runners-up Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper.
Photo provided by the CFDA

The 2021 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is generously supported by Instagram, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Ave, and Vogue.

Applications for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are still open through March 17, 2021.

Burgundy Woods
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Burgundy Woods has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music/Music Industries from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Design & Trend Forecasting degree from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She began her career in Hollywood, California, where she worked for major record labels such as Virgin Records, Interscope Records, EMI Music and Capitol Records. Later after attaining her fashion degree, she was discovered by MySpace, Inc. and was immediately hired to be their Fashion Curator starring and producing her show THE B-SPOT Fashion & Trends on their Fashion & Shopping channel. During this time, online media was in its infancy. She and her colleagues pioneered and molded the online fashion media industry resulting in over 10 years of experience in fashion news and 20 years of experience in fashion video content. Many of the stylized ideas and tools that were launched through these platforms are still used to this day as industry standards for online fashion media. Later, with her extensive experience in developing online fashion media, she continued the show independently and has successfully rebranded THE B-SPOT into Style Lush TV online fashion network. Now, with over nine professional years in online fashion media and trend forecasting, she continues to pioneer, maneuver and develop her industry. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Style Lush TV. She is also the President of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative. The state's official non-profit for the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry.