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. 

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.



SAVE THE DATE: the 2022 American Image Awards gala will be hosted – IN PERSON at The Plaza in NYC - on April 26, 2022.

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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.