The award-winning fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer Tom Ford will succeed current Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg effective June 2019, writes the CFDA.
The Texas-born designer introduced a heady combination of glamour and sensual desire into American fashion.. Ford eagerly embraced smart women with sex appeal believing that women could be both. From the website:
American born Ford began his career as a design assistant for CFDA Member Cathy Hardwick, and joined the CFDA in 2000. He has won a total of seven CFDA Fashion Awards: Menswear Designer of the Year (2015, 2008), Womenswear Designer of the Year (2001), Accessory Designer of the Year (2002), Board of Director’s Tribute (2004), International Designer of the Year (1995), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).
In April 2005, Ford created his eponymous luxury brand, beginning with menswear. Today, the TOM FORD brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, as well as Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently underwear and timepieces. Ford was previously the Creative Director of Gucci Group, where he designed for luxury houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004.