Professional Organizations


Fashion Group International

Worldwide non-profit group representing all facets of the fashion industry working to advance professionalism and recognition, share information, and provide networking opportunities

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

National trade organization representing companies and suppliers of apparel and footwear products

American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

Provides industry news and event details

American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA)

American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA)

American Sewing Guild (ASG)

Color Association of the United States

Costume Society of America

Provides a history of costumes and fashion and information about art history, museums, scholarships, and lectures

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

Organization hosts annual awards programs and also offers scholarship opportunities, charitable programs, and professional development programs

Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)

Fashion Industry Association

Custom Tailors and Designers Association

Trade organization that serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and techniques for tailoring and designing

International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives

Non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the clothing industry through shared knowledge and research

International Textile and Apparel Association

Professional educational organization joined together to share ideas and knowledge through meetings and publications

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

National accrediting agency for art and design disciplines also provides public information, policy analysis, and professional development opportunities

National Fashion Accessories Association

North American trade organization representing fashion accessory and handbag industries

The Textile Institute

Worldwide organization representing manufacturers and designers of textiles, clothing, and footwear