American Apparel & Footwear Association logo The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) represents more than 1,000 world famous name brands, retailers, and manufacturers as the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its nearly four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of more than $400 billion in annual U.S. retail sales.

The AAFA 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. The gala has become a spectacular celebration of our industry’s finest leaders, companies, and vision, bringing together a unique cross-section of influencers to celebrate creativity while drawing attention to public policy impacts on fashion and design. 

New this year, the association has launched the Eco-Steward of the Year award to honor the industry’s movement to accelerate its eco-journey and fashion’s contribution to protect the future of our planet and its people. 2021 honors include Person of the Year, Company of the Year, Retail Innovator of the Year, Designer of the Year, Fashion Maverick, and Eco-Steward of the Year. Read more about each honoree.

Celebrating Fashion’s Future, the 2021 American Image Awards gala will be hosted virtually on Monday, June 21 at 4:00 PM ET.

Charity beneficiary

Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation logo

Celebrating our fifth year of partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation, 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.

Your commitment as a ticket and/or virtual table holder enables AAFA and the CFDA Foundation to celebrate fashion’s future by significantly contributing to its rebuilding, allowing us to help fund the future of our industry and the development of invaluable philanthropic programs. Take part.

Take a look back


A 2-minute lookback to the 2020 virtual 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: Scott French, Co-founder, VERY New York at, (917) 816-0665; or Susan Lapetina, Senior Vice President, AAFA at, (571) 332-6475.