Led by Kerby Jean-Raymond, Telfar Clemens, and Gabriela Hearst, this year's winners collectively make up the most diverse group of recipients in the awards' 39-year history, the CFDA revealed. Furthermore, each designer recognized atop the four American categories is also a first-time winner.
Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss has won the American Menswear Designer of the Year, while Hearst is the American Womenswear Designer of the Year. Clemens of Telfar is recognized as the American Accessories Designer of the Year, and Christopher John Rogers is the American Emerging Designer of the Year. Internationally, Kim Jones of Dior is the Men’s Designer of the Year, as Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino has secured the honor for the Women’s Designer of the Year.
The results for the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards arrive after the CFDA received backlash roughly two months ago upon naming its 30 nominees, which were primarily white. Multiple Black designers, including Jean-Raymond and Clemens, have since been recognized as recipients of this year's awards, in addition to Hearst, the lone female winner for 2020 and the first woman to win American Womenswear Designer of the Year since 2015.
The CFDA Fashion Awards nominees and winners are chosen by the CFDA Awards Guild, which is comprised of CFDA members, fashion journalists, stylists, and retail executives.