Dapper Dan to receive Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from CFDA


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Legendary fashion icon Dapper Dan is set to make history as the first black designer to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Complex reported.

Dan rose to prominence in the ’80s and early’ 90s for creating “knockoffs” of luxury pieces inspired by some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. The seminal designer hand-crafted the elaborate designs for a number of famous New Yorkers from the heart of his studio in Harlem. Dan used his impeccable tailoring skills to create high fashion pieces that included tracksuits, blazers and even fur emblazoned with the logos of major fashion brands. His influential store, Dapper Dan’s Boutique, operated from 1982 to 1992 and is known for bringing high fashion to the world of hip hop. His clients over the years have included Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J and Jay-Z, among others.

In 2017, Dan launched a fashion line with Gucci that included ready-to-wear items and accessories sporting his iconic design style. The collection’s success helped him open a second store, Dapper Dan’s of Harlem, in 2018.

The 77-year-old took to social media to share his excitement at being the recipient of the coveted award.

“Isn’t it ironic that the fashion world says that Dapper Dan won the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award without ever having been on a show? ” he wrote. “The streets of Harlem have been my trail for 35 years. Isn’t that where the big luxury brands were inspired? Maybe the logo-mania is an illusion, ”Dan continued. “Thank you Harlem, I love you! Thanks to CFDA for making me the first black designer to win this Lifetime Achievement Award. By associating the Dapper Dan brand with Gucci, by installing it on a global runway, the whole world now knows what Harlem has always known, that the Dapper Dan brand is a thoroughbred brand.

Dapper Dan will be joined at the CFDA Awards by other leading black designers who will be honored and nominated, including Jerry Lorenzo, Grace Wales Bonner, Telfar Clemens and Virgil Abloh.

The 2021 CFDA Awards will take place on November 10 at The Pool Room in New York City.

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