These Five Men are the Only Black Nominees for This Year's CFDA Awards

The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s annual CFDA Awards is recognized as the Oscars of American fashion. While tending to highlight more established fashion houses, a nomination or win for fresh names in the business has the ability to propel a newer designer’s career. Despite fashion leaders' recent recognition of the need for increased diversity in the industry, this year’s nominations have drawn criticism as categories are still mainly filled with white, well-known designers. However, while it is clear that American fashion has a long way to go regarding diversity and inclusion, five very talented Black designers were amongst this year’s nominees; read more about them below.

Kerby Jean-Raymond

Photo: Kerby Jean-Raymond/WWD


Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss – American Menswear Designer of the Year


Kerby Jean-Raymond has been a designer to watch for a number of years now, since founding his brand Pyer Moss in 2013. However, the breadth of his talent reached wider audiences after he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2018. His fashion shows are known to celebrate Black culture and are one of the few each season that features a majority cast of Black models. While Jean-Raymond is nominated in the menswear category, he also designs womenswear under the Pyer Moss label and has dressed the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Victor Cruz, and Lena Waithe.