For Moday night’s event Beyonce was honored with the Fashion Icon Award as she attended the event in a silver-and-black Givenchy pinstripe suit and fashionably huge black hat alongside Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The award was presented by CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg, who made a memorable, inspiring speech telling the story of how her mother came to learn how to sew, and was taught by Beyonce’s grandmother, and that it came in handy when her first group began. “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t want to dress four black country girls,” she said.
Beyonce noted in her speech the appreciation of the costumes her mom and Uncle Jonny handmade for them, “putting so much passion and love into every small detail,” she said. “And when I wore these clothes onstage, I felt I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”
She continued her speech by thanking her mom, uncle and grandmother. “Thank you for showing me that having a presence is more than the clothes you wear or your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me how to never take no for an answer. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard and live life on my own terms.”
Lastly, she hammered home the fact that designers, whom she calls “fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptures…sometimes even therapists,” have a power and an opportunity to contribute to society with their work. “Soul has no color, no shape, no form…you have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower…to show people how to embrace their complications and flaws and see the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.” Once again, Beyonce has empowered us all.