American Apparel & Footwear Association logoOwned and operated by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the American Image Awards began in 1977 to honor those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including design, manufacturing, and retail. Through this event, AAFA brings together a unique cross-section of influencers to celebrate creativity while drawing attention to public policy impacts on fashion and design. 

“At the heart of the American Image Awards is our ability to give back. We’ve been honoring the best of the best in our industry for more than 40 years, recognizing every aspect of achievement throughout our industry from design and retail to business and manufacturing.” - Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO of AAFA

Our beneficiary

Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation logo

AAFA is proud to team with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation for the third consecutive year as our exclusive beneficiary, allowing us to help fund the future of our industry and the development of invaluable philanthropic programs.  

The CFDA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to raise funds for charity and industry activities. Through innovative partnerships with brands, retailers, and CFDA designers, the Foundation is able to leverage fashion and effectively generate awareness and funds for these charitable causes.

Take a look back

This past April, AAFA celebrated its 41st annual American Image Awards!

Over the years, AAFA's American Image Awards has adjusted to the time and tone of American fashion.

In 2015, AAFA invited word-renowned artist Ruben Toledo to create a new award statuette. Toledo’s creation, featuring six different metal finishes, showcases AAFA’s global mission and represents all facets of the industry.

For questions or media inquiries, contact

For questions about sponsorship or tables, please contact: Karen Bromley, Principal, The Bromley Group at; R. Scott French, Vice President, The Bromley Group at; (212) 696-1100; or Susan Lapetina, Senior Vice President, AAFA at, (202) 853-9346.