By  on September 10, 2012

Given the number of designers in one room, CFDA meetings might seem like prime material for a knock-knock joke or one long complain-athon. But members insist attendees are generally on their best behavior.

When the CFDA was just getting started, Eleanor Lambert would round up the 20 founding members in her 57th Street offices where everyone would sit around a table and run through the agenda at hand. As the years went by, the group would meet up after work in various designers' showrooms such as past presidents Bill Blass, Carolyne Roehm and Perry Ellis. All in all, the meetings were pretty perfunctory though hashing out who should be new inductees and members was—and remains—a touchy subject for many. Debating who should win CFDA awards is another incendiary matter.

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