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CFDA Wrests Control of Fashion Calendar From Little Old Lady

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Ruth, at right, with CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. Image via
Ruth, at right, with CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. Image via

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced that they will be acquiring the all-important Fashion Calendar as of October 1, 2014. The Fashion Calendar was founded by Ruth Finley 65 years ago to track and schedule all shows during New York Fashion Week and beyond. As you might imagine, things have changed quite a bit since its inception.

Surprised that an undertaking as massive as New York Fashion Week was being overseen by one tiny 87-year-old woman? Finley came up with the idea for the calendar at the age of 16, reports the Wall Street Journal, and it was put into action two years later. Now she has a small staff that helps her oversee the scheduling of NYFW's jam-packed events. As the week has ballooned, the calendar has come under fire for scheduling conflicts and time constraints. Hopefully the CFDA will be able to streamline the whole experience, making the entire schedule available and easy to navigate.

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"I see the acquisition of the Fashion Calendar by the CFDA as a natural transition for my business and at the CFDA, it will continue to play a vital role in the fashion industry as it has for the past 65 years," she said via a release. CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg issued a similar statement, saying: "The Fashion Calendar has been one of the foundations of our industry, ensuring that the press, retailers and designers are able to come together in an efficient manner. Now that it is part of the CFDA we are prepared and excited to take it into a new world." The September shows will still be scheduled through Finley's Fashion Calendar offices and the CFDA will take over the Calendar starting with the FW15 season.
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