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About CFAE

The District of Columbia Commission on Fashion Arts and Events (CFAE) was established in May 2013 to promote the fashion and beauty industry as a viable economic resource in the nation’s capital. The Commission provides recommendations and advises the DC government on initiatives that support the cultivation and growth of the industry. Our vision is to develop a group of fashion and beauty leaders who can support the development of the creative economy and position Washington, DC as a competitive market for the fashion and beauty industry.

CFAE will position Washington, DC as an emerging market for the fashion and beauty industry through effective stakeholder engagement, strong partnerships and growing economic vitality.


  • Engage and educate the fashion community on the benefits, opportunities, and talent in the DC market
  • Facilitate business growth as a means of growing the larger DC fashion industry
  • Cultivate government backing for the CFAE mission and vision, and specific initiatives
  • Enlighten stakeholders on the growing fashion and beauty industry, including professional paths, and the impact it has on the economic and cultural development

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development oversees the Commission on Fashion Arts and Events as part of its work to support the arts and creative industries in Washington, D.C.