Rep. Maloney Kicks Off New York Fashion Week by Commending NYC Fashion Industry for Its Resiliency

Sep 11, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) marked the start of New York Fashion Week by commending the New York fashion industry for its resiliency during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Fashion week and the fashion and garment industries are synonymous with our city because they play such a big role not only in our culture but also our economy,” said Rep. Maloney. “This is a Fashion Week unlike any other, with many shows and presentations online. But, if there’s one thing that the industry has proven during the COVID-19 crisis, is that it is a force of both resiliency and ingenuity. 

“Earlier this year, I organized Fashion for the Frontlines, a coalition of New York City designers, manufacturers, and industry leaders to support the city’s garment industry and understand the nexus between technology and fashion. In March and April, when New York City needed PPE, this group quickly transformed their manufacturing capabilities to aid our city at that critical moment. Fashion for the Frontlines mobilized Garment District factories - that would have otherwise been forced to close - to manufacture and distribute masks and gowns to frontline medical professionals throughout New York City. I am proud of New York’s fashion industry for quickly pivoting to virtual shows, presentations, and being leaders for our city and nation as we rebuild from COVID-19.”



Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Rep. Maloney has worked with Fashion for the Frontlines, Fashion Girls for Humanity, Care+Wear, Gerber Techonology, Retailers United, and the NYC Manufacturers Coalition to produce more than one million non-surgical PPE isolation gowns to distribute to hospitals and governments in New York City and across the nation.  

In Spring 2017, Rep. Maloney released a report outlining the economic benefits that the Fall and Spring Fashion Weeks and the fashion industry bring to New York City. You can read that report here.