By  on July 11, 2007

NEW YORK — When Diane von Furstenberg took over the presidency of the Council of Fashion Designers of America last October, her plans included expanding the organization's membership. She appears to be on the way to reaching that goal.After receiving the largest number of applicants in the CFDA's 45-year history, the CFDA board accepted 30 new designers as members at a meeting on Tuesday, bringing total membership to 319.In women's wear, the new members are Richard Chai, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, Tory Burch, Victoria Bartlett of VPL, Rachel Roy, Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lela Rose, Andreas Melbostad for Phi, Laura Poretzky for Abaeté, Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, Michelle Smith for Milly, Paul Sinclaire for Tevrow+Chase, Wenlan Chia for Twinkle by Wenlan, Mary Ping, and Jean Yu of Jean Yu design Studio. In men's wear, Keanan Duffy for Slinky Vagabond and Henry Jacobson are joining the CFDA.Also inducted were designers of both women's and men's wear: Pina Ferlisi for Generra, Michael Ball of Rock & Republic, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Adam Lippes for adam­pluseve and James Perse.In accessories, the new members are Monika Botkier of Botkier handbags and Jessie Randall for Loeffler Randall. In jewelry, they are Mimi So, Michael Spirito for Exhibitionist and Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry.Executive director Steven Kolb said in a statement that this year's large number of applications "speaks to the quality and talent of American fashion as well as to the current growth of the CFDA as a community." Von Furstenberg and the CFDA board will honor the new members at an invitation-only party at the DVF Studio on July 30.

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