The CFDA has reiterated its health guidelines ahead of New York Fashion Week.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America take the health of models very seriously, and is against labels using models that are too thin. Before Fashion Week kicks off in the Big Apple on 1 February (16) for men and 11 February (16) for womenswear, the fashion organisation laid out some ground rules.
WWD reports that CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg and chief executive officer Steven Kolb sent out an email on Wednesday (27Jan16) reinforcing the CFDA Health Initiative and its guidelines. Among the guidelines are to identify early warning signs of individuals at risks of developing an eating disorder. Any models who may have an eating disorder “should be required to seek professional help”. Models also aren’t allowed back to the runway if they are suffering with an eating disorder unless they have the approval of the professional looking after them.
Models under 18 are advised not to work after midnight at fittings and shoots, and it’s up to the fashion houses to enforce this happens.
Labels are also expected to provide regular breaks and rests and “supply healthy meals, snacks and water backstage and at shoots and provide nutrition and fitness education.”
The guidelines follow a landmark ruling in Paris, banning excessively thin fashion models in a new law. Under the rules, models in the France must provide a medical certificate providing their overall health and that their Body Mass Index is appropriate.
Also included in the CFDA email were general housekeeping rules, such as starting runway shows on time and to be mindful when sharing models in order to avoid conflicts that cause delays.