NEW YORK —?The Council of Fashion Designers of America inducted 15 new members on Wednesday, electing a more selective group than in recent years to reflect its mission of improving the esteem of the overall organization.

Among the women’s designers electedwere Ralph Rucci, who has shown two recent couture collections in Paris in addition to his American ready-to-wear collection; Rick Owens, who won a Perry Ellis Award for women’s wear in 2002; and an emerging group of talents: Magda Berliner, Pierrot designer Pierre Carrilero, Maria Cornejo from Zero and Liliana Casabal of Morgane Le Fay. More specialized designers such as Liz Lange, who focuses on maternity wear, and Gilles Mendel of J. Mendel, who has expanded his family’s fur collection into ready-to-wear, were also endorsed as members during a board meeting.

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