- Who we are
The USA-Southern Chapter IACDE - 46 years young - was Chartered in 1967 as the Atlanta Club of the IACD. The Club grew quickly and soon became the Southern Chapter of the IACD, including Designer Members & Suppliers from 12 states in the Southeast. Clothing Manufacturers and other Industry Executives later became Southern Chapter Members when the IACD incorporated Executives in the new name - IACDE.
Because of the geographic size of the Chapter regular are held on a quarterly basis. From 1970 through the 1990's the Southern Chapter grew to over 120 active members, and during that time the Chapter's Fall Meeting was held on the beach in Destin FL. At times over 170 chapter members & families and guests would gather for 3 days for Chapter meetings and activities, many IACDE friends from other chapters!
The USA-Southern Chapter hosted many International IACDE Conventions in Atlanta during the years that the IACDE's Semi-Annual Convention coincided with the Bobbin Show. In addition the Southern Chapter Hosted memorable IACDE Conventions in Charleston SC in 1990 and in Nashville TN in 1995, with both very successful for the IACDE and the Southern Chapter and attendance near 300.
Over the years many Southern Chapter Members have served the IACDE in many ways. Numerous Southern Chapter Designers have served as IACDE President, Vice President, VP Style Forecast, VP Practical Work and in other offices and ways. At the same time many Southern Chapter Supplier Members have also served the IACDE in many ways, including as President of the IACDE's Industrial Chapter, as Treasurer of the IACDE, VP Research & Development, VP Finance and in other offices and varied ways.
The USA-Southern Chapter of International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives mission is to provide it's membership with access to a global professional network for the exchange of information on fashion and retail trends, design technology, new developments and research in the apparel industry, concepts of garment construction products, network with Textile Academia and promote participation of the next generation of SCIACDE Professionals.
"As a designer I had the good fortune to meet the most influential pattern makers that have gone down in the annals of tailoring history through the IACDE."