Ruth Finley Dies

New York Fashion Week ‘Godmother’ Ruth Finley Dies at 98

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Ruth Finley Dies

Ruth Finley. Photo: CFDA

When people think of Ruth Finley, the founder of Fashion Calendar, they think pink. Often called the Godmother of New York Fashion Week, Finley printed the schedule of fashion shows on an instantly recognizable pink sheet for almost 70 years. In an homage to this, the CFDA’s tinted its pre-NYFW digital calendar pink.

Finley died Sunday evening at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. She was 98.

Finley launched Fashion Calendar in 1945 when she was just 18 years old, using a $1,000 loan from a college friend. Her on-woman-operation kept fashion shows, industry events and benefit galas running smoothly and without conflict. The CFDA acquired the Fashion Calendar in 2014.

“Accessories Council was honored to work with Ruth Finley, a legend and pioneer in the world of fashion,” says Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council. “We were proud to honor her with our esteemed Hall of Fame award in 2010. She was a major force in the fashion industry.”

Finley was an active leader in several charitable causes and professional organizations including Fashion Delivers, Bottomless Closet, the high School of Fashion and Waxman Cancer Research, to name a few.

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