Fern Mallis, Fern Mallis (born March 26, 1948) in Brooklyn, New York, Fashion from 2001-2010. She’s currently President of leading international fashion and design consultancy – Fern Mallis LLC.
Fern Mallis is credited as the creator of Fashion Week in New York City in 1993, under the auspices of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), where she served as Executive Director for ten years. Known as 7th on Sixth, ‘the event organized, centralized and modernized the American runways, allowing American designers to compete head-on with Milan and Paris, forever changing the global fashion business. IMG acquired 7th on Sixth in July 2001, and Mallis became Senior VP of IMG Fashion, leading new Fashion Weeks in Miami, Los Angeles, Berlin, Moscow, Mumbai, and added Sydney and Melbourne to its portfolio, among others.
While Senior VP of IMG Fashion, Mallis also served as IMG’s global “Ambassador” and traveled to international fashion capitals to provide her expertise in creating and organizing fashion events and establishing international marketing and communications platforms. She has judged fashion shows and competitions around the world, and mentored fashion students on how to succeed in fashion careers. She is consistently and widely quoted in the fashion press and broadcast media, and frequently featured on televised fashion programs, including America’s Next Top Model, She’s Got the Look, four seasons of Project Runway, and as the weekly judge on Bravo’s first season of The Fashion Show, with Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland. Mallis was also a consulting producer for The Fashion Show, and CW’s network reality television series ReModeled.
While at the CFDA from 1991 to 2001, Mallis furthered the organization’s original charter to promote American fashion as a “recognized branch of American art and culture.” Mallis organized ten annual CFDA Fashion Awards Galas, was instrumental in the creation and worldwide licensing of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer – a campaign that has sold over $100 million in merchandise to date and has generated close to $100 million in donations for hundreds of breast cancer organizations worldwide. She oversaw two editions of the highly successful fundraiser 7th on Sale, which grossed more than $8 million for AIDS charities. Mallis also implemented the Foundation’s burgeoning philanthropic goals to raise money for design scholarships and numerous other initiatives to benefit the designers and the industry at large.