The Biggest Night in American Fashion You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

What happens?

There’s a red carpet. There’s a dinner. There’s a luminary M.C., many mostly a comedian poking (very gentle) fun during fashion’s oddities. There are statuettes. There are 4 large awards: engineer of a year for women’s wear, men’s wear and accessories, and an rising engineer of a year for a newcomer, who can also be any of a above, all selected from a list of 5 finalists (you can find it here). Oooh, a nail-biting anticipation!

Then there are also 6 special honorees, for lifetime achievement, media, good works (officially famous as a Swarovski Award for Positive Change), contributions to a attention (the Founder’s Award), general engineer (Donatella Versace is removing it this year), and — many sparkling of all — Fashion Icon.

That final one goes to a celebrity, who gives a whole thing a frisson of paparazzi pizazz. There are speeches, though with fitness they are not too long. (In 2015, Pharrell Williams would have won a endowment for longest acceptance debate ever, if it had existed, for a digression that went on for about 15 minutes.)

The dusk is underwritten partly by Swarovski (which also has a new engineer endowment named after it) and is a fund-raiser for a CFDA, that is a trade and lobbying classification for a conform industry, and a several programs. Tickets cost $10,000 and tables about $70,000; final year a eventuality was attended by 600 attention members and 400 students (they go free), and lifted $4 million. That’s nowhere nearby a Met Gala, that clocks in during about $13 million, though in line with many informative fund-raisers in New York.

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