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Fashion Icon Award 2011 : What is a Fashion Icon

Lady Gaga won the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Fashion Awards this week.  I am not judging, but just wondering if she deserved to be considered a fashion icon.  Here is what Apparel Search thinks of a fashion icon.  What is your opinion?

Did the Council of Fashion Designers of America take the meat dress into account when making their decision for who would receive the Fashion Icon Award?  Is this award FDA approved or CFDA approved?

Again, I am not casting judgement on either the CFDA nor Lady Gaga.  I am only questioning the term "icon".  Actually, I guess I could be a little judgemental... In my opinion, an "icon" award should be granted possibly once a decade or longer.

Learn more about Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Learn more about the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards from the Fashion Newspaper article.

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Comment by Maryanne on June 8, 2011 at 1:14am

audrey hepburn ( the quintessential gamine look)

jackie kennedy onassis ( classic look)

diana vreeland ( her verdura cuffs on both wrists)

grace kelly ( delicate elegance)

kate moss ( the ability to wear vintage brilliantly)

babe paley ( so well groomed)


in my opinion, these women were fashion icons.


i don't know who or whom is the force behind gaga.

she crafts a catchy pop song...and she plays the piano very well.

she really can't dance.

i found her madison square garden performance 'wooden' and stiff.

she repeated the same things for each song : paws up, scream , jump.


she is brilliant at marketing ..or she is being well advised.


on the positive side i do like her message of being who you are.

and some teenagers who might feel like outsiders, will have their self esteem blostered by her this is good.

but a fashion icon? no.


a fashion icon is someone who is timeless... has their own look, knows what looks best on them, inspires others and sets trends.


gaga seems to be more about a notice me way of dressing.

shrewdly she realised that if she had just remained stephanie at the keyboard...she would not have garnered as much attention.


Comment by Apparel1 on June 9, 2011 at 9:14pm

Maryanne, as always, excellent reply.  Thank you.

By the way, after writing the post I realized I did not have a Lady Gaga section on Apparel Search in the celebrity area.  I know created a section for Lady Gaga if anyone is interested.


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