Twenty one national and regional fashion councils from 18 countries around Europe are collaborating to launch the European Fashion Alliance. As per a Women Wear Daily report, the councils include Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, founded in 1958, with around 150 members today, and France’s Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, founded in 1973, now with around 100 members.
The alliance also includes smaller organizations like the Bulgarian Fashion Association that promotes and networks designers from the Eastern European nation. The president of the alliance will be selected on a rotating basis. It will also have prescribed minimum standards for members to join the alliance, and will be funded just like the European Union with each member paying a share depending on their size and national budget.
One of the alliance’s objectives is to represent the European fashion industry at the EU government level. Additionally, the alliance will likely have the opportunity to advise on where money could best be spent. In the latest six-year EU budget for 2021 to 2027, funding for culture and the creative industries increased by 50 per cent over the last six-year budget and now totals €2.44 billion.
Besides political advocacy, the European Fashion Alliance also plans to meet around certain subjects such as, for example, craft, innovation, best practices and national specializations, as well as to encourage cross-border projects and more networking.