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CFDA and Vogue to launch COVID-19 relief fund

Tom Shearsmith
25 March 2020

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has been repurposed into a new COVID-19 relief fund, called 'A Common Thread', as confirmed by both companies.

Originally launched in the wake of 9/11 to benefit emerging creatives impacted by the tragedy, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and CFDA Chairman Tom Ford have decided to use this year’s fundraiser to aid fashion businesses impacted by coronavirus.

Applications will be available through the CFDA website starting 8 April 2020, with the fund not solely limited to previous Fashion Fund participants or members of the CFDA. 

To help raise awareness of the how COVID-19 has affected emerging talent, the initiative will be accompanied by a series of videos, highlighting the stories of struggling fashion businesses. The series will launch on 26 March on the Vogue and CFDA websites.

Anna Wintour said in a message posted to "Among those already affected are those in the fashion community, from designers to their employees and retail workers up and down the economic scale.
"There are inspiring stories of designers making masks and medical supplies, but I have also been hearing from those who fear they won’t make payroll, or who have seen orders returned, their stores closed, who fear their businesses and their livelihoods may not survive what we’re going through. And all of us at Vogue, together with the CFDA, are determined to help."

Donations to the fund are now open on a dedication platform.

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