Shocking Moments, Red Carpet Gaffes, and Amazing CFDA Awards Trivia

From the red carpet all-star who has dominated the CFDA Awards for almost a decade, to the designer who has won the most awards -- a look back at the best moments from the Oscars of the fashion world.

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From the Beginning Let's just say there would be no CFDA Awards without the late Eleanor Lambert. She not only conceptualized fashion week in New York as we know it, she founded the CFDA in 1962. The first CFDA Awards were in 1981 and in 2001 the CFDA established an award in her honor.
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Did You Know? Street style photographer pioneer and New York Times staffer Bill Cunningham has walked away with three CFDA Awards through the years -- one in 1982, one in 1983 and another in 1993.
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The Early Days: These days, with the exception of the International Award, CFDA Awards go to American fashion luminaries. But that wasn't the case until 1992. Before that international stars like Karl Lagerfeld, who won Accessory Designer of the Year Award in 1991, were in the running.
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Paying Tribute: The CFDA Awards have always been a forum for the fashion industry to pay tribute to its recently deceased stars. Special tributes have been given through the years for Jacqqueline Kennedy Onassis, Gianni Versace, Princess Diana and Alexander McQueen (pictured accepting the CFDA International Award in 2003).
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Back to Back Winner: Narciso Rodriguez is the only designer in CFDA Awards history to win the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in back to back years -- in 2002 and 2003.
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Most Shocking Win: The most shocking win in CFDA Awards history has to go to Sean Combs who won the Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2004.
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It's My Turn: Diane von Furstenberg might be the CFDA President now, but she won her one and only CFDA Award in 2005, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Odd Couple: One of the most memorable moments in CFDA Awards history was when Karl Lagerfeld showed up with Lindsay Lohan in 2006. Something tells us Lohan's CFDA Awards invitation got lost in the mail this year.
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Oprah's Here! Oprah made a rare CFDA Awards appearance in 2007 for the awards' 25th anniversary and to see Ralph Lauren accept the American Fashion Legend Award.
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It's a Tie: 2007 was a memorable year at the CFDA Awards for another reason. It was the only year two design houses tied in the Womenswear Designer of the Year category -- Oscar de la Renta and Proenza Schouler.
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Quite the Entrance: Now Alexander Wang is a CFDA Awards darling, but in 2008, before ever being nominated, he showed up with muse Erin Wasson, who was on crutches.
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Woman to Know: Nadja Swarovski is certainly a woman to know when it comes to the CFDA Awards. Her family's crystal empire sponsors three Swarovski Awards for emerging talent each year and have been underwriting the awards since 2001 (which come with prize money for the winners). Those in the know say the CFDA Awards have become something of a pet project for Nadja.
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A Fashion Icon is Born: There have been some star making turns on the red carpet at the CFDA Awards. One of the most memorable? When Selma Blair showed up in 2004 wearing Isaac Mizrahi accompanied by Andre Leon Talley.
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Red Carpet All-Star: No one has has worked the red carpet at the CFDA Awards quite like Sarah Jessica Parker. Here she is from left to right in 2003 wearing Oscar de la Renta, 2004 in Howard Greer and 2010 in Alexander McQueen.
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Blame it on the Recession: The CFDA Awards used to be lavish dinners held in the New York Public Library, like this one pictured in 2006. The awards moved to their new home at Lincoln Center in 2009, switched to a shorter format, and now feature a buffet that has been known to include, gasp, fried chicken.
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No Host: In 2010, the CFDA did something out character, there was no host for the awards. In the past Jeremy Piven and Tracy Ullman have hosted. A sign that it might not have worked out too well? This year, Anderson Cooper got the gig.
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And the Winner Is: Marc Jacobs! No one has won more CFDA Awards than Marc Jacobs -- who has a total of 9. This year he is picking up the Lifetime Achievement Award and is also nominated for the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. Yes, he has won a lot of awards, but his most infamous CFDA Awards moment was when he showed up in 2008 with Victoria Beckham as his date.
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