Beyonce Wins CFDA Fashion Icon Award
Monday night Beyoncé received the Fashion Icon Award at the 2016 CFDA Awards, dressed in an unforgettable Givenchy suit designed by the brand’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. And of course The Carters made it a family affair with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy in attendance.
Beyoncé’s CFDA award was kept a secret, and then announced by the organization’s president Diane von Furstenberg. During her acceptance speech, the singer spoke of the impact fashion had on her life and career:
“Most of you guys don’t know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money; they could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition, so my grandmother sold clothes for the priests and the nuns and made the uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education,” Beyoncé told the crowd. “She then passed this gift down to my mother and taught her how to sew.”
“When we were starting out with Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses or couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent, her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother, and my Uncle Johnny, God bless his soul, designed all of our first costumes and made each piece by hand, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. When I wore these clothes on stage, I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”
To accept her Fashion Icon award, she wore a sparkling pinstripe suit similar to one legendary singer Michael Jackson wore, along with a wide-brimmed black hat in a style recognizable to anyone who has seen the Lemonade videos.
Watch Beyoncé’s full acceptance speech below:
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