THE CFDA HEALTH INITIATIVE TIMELINE
May 2012 - The Health Initiative, a pact between the 19 international Editors of Vogue to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry, was announced. The Health Initiative will build on the successful work which the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the support of American Vogue in the US and the British Fashion Council in the UK have already begun.
February 2012 – During New York Fashion Week, the Health Initiative hosted “A Well- Balanced Life” aimed at fostering an environment in the fashion industry to help models and all of us find that balance.
June 2011 – CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg writes open letter to industry stating that to ensure she doesn’t hire any models under 16, that she will begin asking for identification from all models booked for her shows.
May 2011 – Meeting with Vogue China representatives to discuss Health Initiative.
January 2011 – Creation of the CFDA Health Initiative Ambassador program with DNA Model Management and IMG Models. The Ambassador program identifies experienced models to serve as mentors to their younger peers. Top model Stella Tennant, represented by DNA, was the program’s inaugural Ambassador as mentors to their younger peers.
December 2010 – The CFDA hosted a breakfast meeting for top fashion show producers to discuss the initiative and guidelines.
March 2010 – Health Initiative supporters Michael Kors, Natalia Vodianova and Anna Wintour participate in a Harvard Business School panel discussion about “Health Matters: Weight and Wellness in the World of Fashion,” moderated by Dr. David Herzog.
February 2010 – During New York Fashion Week, the Health Initiative hosted “The Beauty of Health: Resizing the Sample Size,” a panel discussion about the weight and age issues of models. Participants included David Bonnouvrier, Tonne Goodman, Doutzen Kroes, Aerin Lauder, Zac Posen, and James Scully, as well as moderator Dr. David Herzog, an eating disorder specialist. The event was hosted by MAC & Milk at Milk Studios.
January 2010 – The CFDA hosted an intimate breakfast for top modeling agency owners and agents to discuss the Initiative, their concerns, and how best to pursue the Initiative’s goals and encourage the industry to follow the guidelines.
September 2009 – “Model Foods for the Model Life” nutritional tip cards, featuring pointers from nutritionist Joy Bauer, were distributed during Fashion Week at the Tents in Bryant Park and at the MAC at Milk venue, modeling agencies, and other venues.
September 2009 – The CFDA hosted a breakfast for top stylists, providing a forum to discuss the central issues of the Initiative and possible steps each facet of the industry can take.
February 2009 – A limited-edition collection of Health is Beauty fashion items designed by CFDA members were sold at a lobby booth at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a space generously donated by IMG and designed by Calvin Klein, Inc. The collection included a CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg t-shirt, Donna Karan yoga mat by Yogamatic.com, Michael Kors tote bag, Patrick Robinson for Gap cosmetic case, and Talbots scarf. All proceeds from the sale of these items, and others like it, benefited the CFDA Foundation, Inc., and its efforts to further the goals of the Health Initiative.
December 2008 – The CFDA hosted an intimate breakfast for top casting directors to discuss the Initiative, their concerns, and how best to pursue the Initiative’s goals and encourage the industry to follow the guidelines.
September 2008 – During Fashion Week, IMG kindly provided the Initiative with a lobby booth at the Bryant Park tents to conduct a signature drive. More than 1,500 fashion designers, retailers, stylists, editors and others put their name to paper saying they would honor the Health Initiative Guidelines.
June 2008 – The CFDA hosted “The Beauty of Health: How the Fashion Industry Can Make a Difference.” The standing-room-only discussion featured Diane von Furstenberg, designer Michael Kors, and model Coco Rocha discussing their views on the importance of the guidelines, how the issue has evolved, and their own personal experiences with the issue. The event was underwritten by Condé Nast Publications and the Tharanco Group.
April 2007 – The CFDA and Condé Nast Publications hosted a breakfast workshop for members across the fashion community—agents, designers, stylists, producers, and models—to discuss the unique concerns and pressures of the industry and to develop strategies for addressing potential problems.
February 2007 – Condé Nast Publications and the CFDA hosted “Beauty and Health in the Fashion Industry” panel discussion in the Bryant Park tents during the Fall fashion shows. More than 300 guests attended to hear the committee discuss the recommendations and to ask questions during an open Q&A session.
January, 2007 – The CFDA formed The CFDA Health Initiative to address what had become a global fashion issue: the overwhelming concern about whether some models are unhealthily thin, and whether or not to impose restrictions in such cases. The committee of experts included Renfrew Center Director Dr. Susan Ice, fitness instructor, David Kirsch, nutritionist Joy Bauer, model Natalia Vodianova, KCD Creative Director Nian Fish, and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, and Executive Director Steven Kolb. The committee issued the CFDA Health Initiative Recommendations (see attached), which were distributed to the press and fashion industry internationally.
CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg includes the CFDA Health Initiative recommendations in her twice-annual fashion industry-wide mailing that precedes the New York fashion shows.