Beyoncé won this year's CFDA Fashion Icon award
Beyoncé has won this year's CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Icon award.
The 34-year-old received the accolade at the annual fashion bash held at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Monday (06.06.16), and on accepting the award, which was presented to her by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, the 'Lemonade' hitmaker thanked her mother, Tina, for being her style icon and designing her ensembles throughout her career.
Speaking at the star studded event, the mother of one - who has four-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay Z - said: "Thank you so much, Diane, for the things you just said about me. I feel so much love and I feel so proud.
"As long as I can remember, fashion has been part of my life. Its effect on me actually started before I was born. 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. When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armour. It was so much deeper than any brand name.
"My mother is fabulous and beautiful and she's here tonight. My mother, my grandmother, and my uncle are always with me so I cannot fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress, and the list goes on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It's a tool for finding your own identity. It transcends style, and it's a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones. So to my mother, my grandmother, my uncle, thank y'all. Thank you for showing me that having presence is about far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard, and live life on my own terms."
And the powerhouse, who adorned an embellished Givenchy tuxedo, which she accessorised with a wide-brimmed hat, also credited fashion designers for their relentless creativity and ability to "empower" people through their innovative designs.
She said: "I want to say thank you to every designer who works tirelessly to make people think they can write their own story. Y'all are fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors, and sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power you have or to take it lightly. We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that's inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award, I'll never forget this night. God bless you all. Thank you."
Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs was titled the Womenswear Designer of the Year, whilst the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent went to Brandon Maxwell for Womenswear and the creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, was recognized with this year's International Award.