The Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced its 1990 award winners. For 10 years now, CFDA has honored creative contributions by designers as well as significant contributions to fashion journalism and the arts. The CFDA Awards were presented Feb. 25 at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Recipients of the 1990 CFDA Awards:Donna Karan - Women's Wear Designer of the Year. CFDA has honored Karan three other times: in 1985 as Designer of the Year, in 1986 for her influence in head-to-toe dressing and in 1987, a joint award with the Arnell/Bickford agency for their hosiery campaign.
Joseph Abboud - Men's Wear Designer of the Year. Abboud is known for his penchant for luxurious texture, fine eye for quality and on-target sensibility for modern men's wear.
Manolo Blahnik - Accessories Designer of the Year. A trendsetter, Blahnik's shoe designs are worn and collected by some of the world's best-dressed women.
Christian Francis Roth - The Perry Ellis Award for new fashion talent. With youthful exuberance and whimsical designs, 22-year-old Roth has brought a decidedly fresh point of view to American fashion.
Emilio Pucci - Special Award for his design and color genius. The bold graphics of Pucci are as hot now as they were 40 years ago.
Anna Wintour - Special Award for contribution to fashion. Editor-in-chief of Vogue, Wintour has infused the pages of the magazine with her unique style and vitality.
Genevieve Buck - The Eugenia Sheppard Award for her outstanding contribution to American fashion journalism for 24 years. She was named fashion editor of the Chicago Tribune in 1971.
Martha Graham - Lifetime Achievement Award. Critics and choreographers agree that Graham has made the single most significant contribution to dance in this century.
Roy Halston Frowick - A special tribute to Halston, whose designs stressed simplicity, understated elegance and subtle sensuality. He died last year of AIDS.
The CFDA was founded in 1962 as a non-profit organization to establish American fashion as an important cultural force.