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Fashion Friday: The CFDA Fashion Awards

With the fabulous @jessicachastain at the #CFDAAwards, where #PaulAndrew was selected as the recipient of the @swarovski Accessories Design Award

A photo posted by Paul Andrew (@paulandrew) on Jun 9, 2016 at 11:17am PDT

This past Monday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held its CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City. The annual event recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts.

Several game-changing women who have been dominating the fashion world consistently over the past decades were honored: Michael Kors presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the stunning 70-year-old Norma Kamali, and Calvin Klein presented the Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert to the indomitable 67-yeard-old Donna Karan.

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Always chic, @verawanggang arrives on the red carpet during this years #CFDAAwards. #Swarovski ?: @bfa

A photo posted by cfda (@cfda) on Jun 6, 2016 at 6:14pm PDT

But it was Beyoncé who stole the show.

Many of us first learned about fashion and style from watching the women in our families. And although she might be a fashion icon in present day, when Beyoncé was presented with the Fashion Icon Award by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, she shared a moving story about her grandmother and mother, Tina Knowles, as her first fashion models. In the early days of Beyoncé‘s group Destiny’s Child, Knowles served as both designer and seamstress for the group’s costumes. Beyoncé even divulged that it was her mother who designed her wedding dress, prom dress and first Grammy dress. She told the audience:

Many 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 sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education. She then passed this gift onto my mother and taught her how to sew.

Starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle, God rest his soul, made all of our first costumes, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail.

Watch the fashion icon’s full speech below:

 

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