Lifetime Achievement Awards

The annual event recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American Fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement.

Nominations for each award category are submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, an invitation only network comprised of top fashion retailers, journalists, stylists, influencers and the 450 plus member designers of the CFDA.  The nominees, as well as recipients of the honorary awards are ratified by the CFDA Board of Directors.

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2014

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 recipient, Tom Ford

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to Tom Ford by Richard Buckley for his consistent, creative influence on fashion. To learn more about the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Ford click here.

2013

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 recipient, Vera Wang

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to Vera Wang by Ralph Lauren for her consistent, creative influence on fashion. Tom Hutton, CEO of Geoffrey Beene, LLC, says of Vera Wang “Your personal story and your success as an iconic designer in the fashion industry, make you the quintessential role model for aspiring designers.” To learn more about the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and Vera Wang click here. To see the evenings broadcast, red carpet interviews, and Vera Wang accepting her award, click here.

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2012

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 recipient, Tommy Hilfiger

In 2012, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tommy Hilfiger by editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour.

2011

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 recipient, Marc Jacobs

In 2011, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Marc Jacobs by Oscar-winning film director, Sofia Coppola.

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2010

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 recipient, Michael Koors

In 2010, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Michael Kors, by Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor In Chief.

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2009

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 recipient, Ann Sui

In 2009, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Anna Sui, by Jack White of the White Stripes. Tom Hutton, CEO of Geoffrey Beene, LLC, says of Anna Sui, “I have been a huge admirer of Anna’s designs for some time. Her work is unique and inspirational, exactly what Geoffrey Beene respected. She is a great role model for the industry and a consummate designer.”

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2008

GEOFFREY BEENE Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 recipient, Carolina Herrera

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PAST GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
2007 -
Robert Lee Morris
2006 - Stan Herman
2005 - Diane von Furstenberg
2004 - Donna Karan
2003 - Anna Wintour
2002 - Grace Coddington, Karl Lagerfeld
2001 - Calvin Klein
2000 - Valentino
1998 -1999 - Yves Saint Laurent
1997 - Geoffrey Beene
1996 - Arnold Scaasi
1995 - Hubert de Givenchy
1994 - Carrie Donovan, Nonnie Moore, Bernadine Morris
1993 - Arnold Scaasi
1992 - Hubert de Givenchy
1991 - Carrie Donovan, Nonnie Moore, Bernadine Morris
1990 - Martha Graham
1989 - Oscar de la Renta
1988 - Richard Avedon, Nancy Reagan
1987 - Giorgio Armani, Horst, Eleanor Lambert
1986 - Bill Blass, Marlene Dietrich
1985 - Katharine Hepburn, Alexander Liberman

GEOFFREY BEENE DESIGN SCHOLARSHIPS

A $5 million pledge from the Geoffrey Beene Foundation in 2007 greatly expanded the CFDA’s core scholarship program by $2.5 million. This generous donation significantly increased existing CFDA educational grants, and funded the establishment of a merit-based $25,000 GEOFFREY BEENE DESIGN SCHOLAR AWARD – to identify the most exemplary, innovative women’s wear design student, based on specific guidelines. A specialized teaching curriculum created for the GEOFFREY BEENE DESIGN SCHOLAR AWARD challenges students to look beyond conforming to trends and business restraints in order to advance the art form. Only the top two (2) junior students from each of the participating schools are invited to submit a portfolio for consideration. This competitive award is based solely on merit as judged by a prestigious panel of industry experts.

Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Winners
2014 - Yi Deng, from Drexel University.
2014 - Yewon Kang for Excellence in Technical Design, Parsons The New School for Design
2013 - Justin Chu of Parsons The New School for Design.
2012 - Eileen Pappas, a Parsons The New School for Design student.
2011 - Lauren Sehner, an FIT student.
2010 - Carmen Chen Wu, a Parson’s student.
2009 - Niloufar Mozafari, a Parson’s student.
2008 - Ghazaleh M. Khalifeh, a student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Geoffrey Beene Gives Back

All net profits from Geoffrey Beene, LLC together with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation fund philanthropic causes that support initial-stage, out-of-the-box revolutionary research for treatments and prevention across all cancers as well as awareness and research for Alzheimer's, heart disease, scholarships, programs for veterans, protection of women and children and protection of animals.

100% of Net Profits from Geoffrey Beene, LLC Fund Critical Causes