In light of the upcoming New York Fashion Week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has taken to its website to promote its Health Initative and remind its members (which range from the biggest names in U.S. fashion to an array of our favorite emerging labels) of the newly-enacted Child Model Law, which prohibits the casting of models under age 18 without abiding by the standards set forth by the law. For instance: models under 18 will not be allowed to work after midnight on a school night for fittings for a runway show, or return to work less than 12 hours after they leave. Catch the CFDA's letter in its entirety after the break below ...
As New York Fashion Week is a little over a week away, let’s remember that beauty is health and health is beauty. It is also important to remember that beauty is diversity and as an industry, we stand by these two principles. It is important to remind ourselves of this as we spread the message to the world.
Fashion Week is one of the busiest times for our industry and can keep us from devoting time to our own well-being. No matter how busy you are, a well-balanced life should be a top priority. It is important to take the time to recharge and refuel.
Our Health Initiative guidelines have become the standard for working with models during fashion week. As a refresher, we have included the document which was drafted by our industry for you to review and consider. The key to these guidelines is the age of the models. As always, it is our strong belief that models under the age of 16 do not belong on the runway and we ask everyone to follow this belief. Remember, we must consider the emotional and physical well-being of these young women. At a minimum, you are required to adhere to labor laws (which can be downloaded here) that require models under the age of 18 to have proper documents and schedules. Please don’t hesitate to consult your legal counsel if needed.
At the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, we honored Bethann Hardison for her work in championing diversity in the Fashion Industry. It was a powerful moment in which Bethann challenged the industry take responsibility and commit to a greater representation of Diversity on the runway this season. More information to support this initiative can be found here.
Let’s stand together as an industry and do the right thing.
Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb